Time Travel: It's Possible?

20 May 2022

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There is a reason time travel is one of the most popular tropes in science fiction – it's a fascinating concept. The idea that we could go back and fix our mistakes or explore different periods is beguiling, but according to most experts, it's also impossible.

But what if we're wrong? What if time travel is possible?

There are many theories about how time travel could be possible, from theories about wormholes to theories about alternate universes. But no one has been able to prove that time travel is possible.

If it is possible, the implications are staggering. We could go back and fix our mistakes or explore different periods. We could even meet our ancestors or future descendants.

What is Time?

Time has been a topic of interest and debate throughout history. What is the time? Where does it come from? What does it mean?

Philosophers and scientists have long tried to answer these questions, but there is still no consensus. Some say time is an illusion, while others believe it is a fundamental part of the universe.

What Is Time? A Simple Explanation - ThoughtCo

One thing most people agree on is that time is relative. What feels like a short amount of time to one person may feel like an eternity to someone else.

This relativity can be seen in everyday life - for example, when you are stuck in traffic or waiting in line.

Despite its elusive nature, time plays a central role in our lives. We use it to track our days, weeks, months, and years. It governs our schedules and sets limits on what we can do.


The concept of spacetime is essential to understanding time travel. Spacetime is the fabric that unites all points in time and space.

It is a four-dimensional continuum in which time and space are inseparably intertwined. Consequently, all events that have occurred or will occur exist within spacetime.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains the Spacetime Continuum - YouTube.

Since spacetime is a continuum, an object can move from one point in space to another without passing through the intervening points.

However, it is impossible to move from one point to another point in time without passing through the intervening points. This is because time is a dimension that exists along with the three dimensions of space.

A History of Time Travel

Time travel has been a topic of fascination for centuries. The possibility of traveling through time has been explored in science fiction and fantasy, but it is also a topic scientists have studied.

There are many theories about time travel, but science is not yet advanced enough to allow us to travel through time.

In 1881, Edward Page Mitchell published a short story called "The Clock That Went Backward." The story is about a man who invents a time machine and travels back to meet historical figures. He has several adventures and eventually returns to the present.

"The Clock That Went Backward" is one of the first stories to feature time travel using a machine.

In the 18th century, physicist Isaac Newton proposed the theory of relativity, which suggests that space and time are two aspects of the same thing.

Origins of Special Relativity - University of Pittsburgh

Many theories about time travel have existed, but the concept has been around for centuries.

For example, the ancient Greeks believed in the theory of relativity, which suggests that time is relative to the observer. This means that time can move differently for different people or objects.

In 1905, Albert Einstein published his theory of special relativity, which proposed that time is relative and not absolute. This opened the door to the possibility that people could travel through time by moving at speeds close to the speed of light.

1935, Austrian physicist Erwin Schrodinger proposed a thought experiment involving a cat in a sealed box. According to the theory, the cat is alive and dead until someone opens the box and observes it. This paradoxical idea has come to be known as Schrodinger's Cat.

While the thought experiment is purely theoretical, some scientists believe it could be possible to travel through time and observe different versions of reality. In other words, you could theoretically go back in time and see if the cat is alive or dead.

Over the years, scientists have developed several theories about time travel. For example, some theories suggest that it's possible to travel back in time by moving faster than the speed of light.

Nikola Tesla's Experiment

Nikola Tesla is one of the most renowned scientists in history. He pioneered electricity and magnetism and is credited with creating the Tesla coil and fluorescent light. In 1895, he claimed to have built a time travel machine.

Nikola Tesla: Secret Time Travel Experiments - Anderson Institute

Many people doubted Tesla's claims, but there is evidence that he may have been telling the truth. He had a deep understanding of how electricity behaves and may have been able to use it to manipulate time.

Some experts believe he used an electrical field to create a tunnel through time, which he then traveled through.

If Tesla did succeed in building a time machine, it would be one of the most important discoveries in history.

Some people believe that Tesla's experiment was successful and that he sent someone through time. Others believe that the whole thing was nothing more than a hoax and that Tesla never even conducted such an experiment.

No one can say what happened, as Tesla never released any information about the alleged time travel experiment.

Despite the lack of evidence, many still believe that Nikola Tesla successfully sent someone through time.

Stephen Hawking & Time Travel

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking believed that time travel into the future is possible, but only if you use gravity or near-light speed.

In a BBC documentary, "A Brief History of Time," Hawking said that if one could go faster than the speed of light, they could travel back in time. However, he added that this was just theoretical, with no evidence to support it.

A Brief History of Time 1991 FULL | Stephen Hawking - YouTube

In a later interview with Larry King, Hawking said that traveling through a black hole could also allow someone to travel into the future.

He explained that if you fell into a black hole, the gravitational forces would stretch your body out over time so that you would experience only a few minutes outside the black hole.

Stephen Hawking - Black Hole Time Travel - YouTube

Some scientists believe that time travel is impossible because it violates the laws of physics. Others think it may be possible in principle, but it has not yet been proven because we do not have the technology to do it.

The Paradoxes of Time Travel

Different people have explored the possibility of time travel in various ways, but many paradoxes arise from the concept.

One of the most famous paradoxes in time travel is the grandfather paradox. This thought experiment asks what would happen if a time traveler returned and killed his grandfather. If the traveler had succeeded, he would never have been born, so he couldn't have gone back in time to kill his grandfather.

What Is the Grandfather Paradox? | space

But if he failed, his grandfather would still be alive, and the traveler would have been born, meaning he could go back and kill his grandfather. So this creates a paradox where the traveler can't succeed in killing his grandfather.

Another paradox is the chicken and egg dilemma. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? If a time traveler were to go back and change the answer to this question, would it create a paradox since they would be changing an event that already happened?

These are just a few paradoxes that can occur with time travel. Unfortunately, the concept is fraught with complications, and scientists have yet to find a way to resolve them all.

Time Travel Experiments: True or Hoax?

Are time travel experiments possible? Some believe that they are and that governments have conducted these experiments for years.

The two best-known examples of alleged time travel experiments are the Philadelphia Experiment and the Montauk Project.

The Philadelphia Experiment

The Philadelphia Experiment is a well-known historical event that has been the topic of many theories and discussions.

The experiment is said to have occurred in 1943 when the United States Navy attempted to create a ship that could travel through time.

The Philadelphia Experiment - Full Documentary - History's Mysteries 

The ship, named the USS Eldridge, was said to have disappeared briefly before reappearing in Norfolk, Virginia.

There are many theories about what happened during the Philadelphia Experiment, but most people agree that something went wrong.

Some believe that the crew of the Eldridge was stuck in a time loop, while others think that they were teleported to another dimension.

No one knows what happened during the Philadelphia Experiment, but it has become one of the most talked-about events.

The Montauk Project

In the early 1980s, reports of another controversial time travel experiment surfaced. This project, code-named Montauk, was said to have taken place at a U.S. military base on Long Island.

Montauk Project - Wikipedia

The Montauk Project is rumored to have involved manipulating the time continuum using powerful electromagnetic fields.

Some believe that the project was able to send people through time and even create parallel universes. However, despite numerous allegations, there is little hard evidence to support these claims.

Nevertheless, the Montauk project's rumors continue to fascinate and intrigue many people.

Time Traveler Claims

There have been many claims of time travel, but most are considered hoaxes. One of the earliest recorded time traveler claims comes from John Titor, who allegedly traveled back in time from 2036.

The mystery of John Titor: 'Time traveller' from year 2036 warned us 

Titor made several posts on an online forum in 2000, describing his journey and what he had seen in the future. Some people believe Titor was a real-time traveler, while others think he was just a hoaxer.

More recent time traveler claims include those by Andrew Basiago and Laura Magdalene Eisenhower.

Andrew Basiago Involved in Project Pegasus Time Travel Program

Both Basiago and Eisenhower claim to have traveled through time and space multiple times, sometimes with the help of advanced technology like portals or teleporters.

They say they have visited different parts of the world and even other planets.

Real or Just Science Fiction?

Whether time travel is possible or not has been debated for centuries. Some people believe it's just science fiction, while others think it might be possible with the help of advanced technology or even through supernatural means.

Many theories about time travel exist, but no one knows whether it's possible.

Films about time travel have been popular for decades, and they often explore the various possibilities and dangers of traveling through time.

Some films show people using advanced technology to travel through time, while others depict people using more creative methods, such as traveling through a portal or using a time machine.

Regardless of how it's done, traveling through time can be dangerous, as it can change history or even cause disasters.

Time Travel Movies & TV

Regarding time travel, Hollywood has taken liberties with the concept of making a good movie. But which film got it right?

Some scientists believe that time travel is theoretically possible but may not be possible in how Hollywood portrays it.

"The Time Machine" The Time Machine is a 2002 American science fiction film loosely adapted from the novel of the same name by H. G. Wells. In 1895, H.G. Wells published a book about time travel called The Time Machine. The story follows a man who builds a machine that takes him to the future. But, unfortunately, TFuturehe discovers that the world has been destroyed.

"Doctor Who" Doctor Who does the BBC produce a British science-fiction television program. The show has a long history, spanning almost fifty years—Doctor Who follows the adventures of a time traveler known as the Doctor. The Doctor travels through time and space, exploring new worlds and saving civilizations with his companions.

"Back to the Future" In the 1985 film Back to the Future, Marty McFly uses a DeLorean time machine to travel back to the past and the end. The technology behind this is never fully explained but involves a flux capacitor and energy source.

"Interstellar" explores the idea that time is not a constant. However, it may be possible to travel through time by altering the flow of gravity. The movie also suggests that there are other dimensions beyond our own and that these dimensions may hold the key to saving humanity.

Some of the science in "Interstellar" is still theoretical, but scientists are working to make it a reality. For example, researchers at NASA are currently developing a spacecraft called the 'Warp Drive' that could enable time travel.

Warp Drive Progress and Interstellar Travel - YouTube

While "Interstellar" is science fiction, it's based on natural science concepts scientists are exploring today.

The Theoretical Basis for Time Travel

Time travel is a popular topic that countless researchers have explored in science.

There are many theories behind how it could be possible, but all of them are the same: time is a dimension, just like height, width, and depth.

So, moving forward or backward in time is possible, just as someone can move up or down in height or width.

There are many different theories about how time travel could be possible. For example, some scientists believe it might be possible to travel through a black hole, while others think using quantum mechanics to create a time machine might be possible.

However, there is no evidence that any of these methods would work, and scientists have not been able to find a way to prove any of these theories yet.

Despite the lack of proof, time travel remains an interesting topic for scientists.

General Relativity

Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity is one of the most influential theories in all science. The theory explains how gravity works and has been tested and confirmed many times.

One of the most famous tests of general relativity was the Apollo 8 mission to the moon.

The astronauts on that mission could time their trip to be orbiting the moon when it was on the opposite side of the Earth from where they started.

This showed that time slows down when you move faster than something else.

Parallel Timelines

Science fiction writers have explored the concept of parallel timelines for years, but is it possible? Could there be other universes out there where history played out differently? And if so, could someone from our timeline travel to those other universes?

Some scientists believe that the answer to all of these questions is yes. They believe that the universe comprises infinite parallel timelines, each with its version of history.

You must have a basic understanding of quantum mechanics to travel between these timelines.

Michio Kaku on Time Travel, Parallel Universes & Reality - YouTube

One scientist who believes in parallel timelines is Dr. Michio Kaku. He says that time travel is possible but requires a spacecraft that can manipulate spacetime. "You would need a machine that could go into hyperspace and enter another dimension," he said.

Quantum Mechanics

Quantum mechanics is the branch of physics that studies the properties of matter that cannot be observed directly, such as the behavior of subatomic particles, atoms, and molecules.

In quantum mechanics, time is not a constant; it can be slowed down or stopped altogether. This means traveling back in time or to a parallel universe might be possible. However, these possibilities have yet to be proven.

Quantum mechanics of time travel - Wikipedia

One of the most famous predictions of quantum mechanics is the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, which states that it is impossible to know a subatomic particle's position and momentum with absolute certainty.

This principle has been experimentally verified many times.

Although quantum mechanics has been around for over 100 years, many unanswered questions about its implications for the universe remain unanswered.

Black Holes and Wormholes

Black holes and wormholes are often used interchangeably but refer to two concepts.

A black hole is a space region with such a strong gravitational field that nothing can escape from it, not even light.

Wormholes are a type of spacetime shortcut that would allow travel between two points in space faster than the speed of light.

Albert Einstein was the first person to propose the idea of wormholes and showed that they could be used for time travel.

Physics - The Birth of Wormholes

In 1935, he published a paper describing a mathematical model of a wormhole. He showed that if you could travel through a wormhole, you could appear at any point in space and time.

Since then, scientists have been trying to find evidence for the existence of wormholes.

Quantum Gravity: Time Travel a Reality?

A team of physicists from the University of Queensland believes they may have discovered how to travel through time.

The research, which is still in its early stages, is based on the theory of quantum gravity. However, if proven, it would mean that time travel is possible and that the laws of physics as we know them are not fixed.

Scientist says time travel 'is possible' after 'solving 

The team's findings were published in Physical Review D. Their paper proposes a model for how time travel could work. It involves a "closed timelike curve" or CTC, a spacetime loop that allows objects to return to their past.

So far, there is no proof that CTCs exist. However, the theory of quantum gravity suggests that they could be possible in a universe with more than three spatial dimensions.

Final Thought

The topic of time travel has always been intriguing for us. Even though it may not be possible according to our current understanding of physics, scientists, and researchers are still exploring the possibility of time travel.

There are many theories about time travel. Some say it is possible, and some say it is not. But what if we could travel through time? What would we see? What would we do?

There are many possibilities for what we could do if we could travel through time. For example, we could visit ancient civilizations, explore the universe, or meet as children or adults. The possibility of time travel still fascinates us. It has been explored in movies and books for years and seems to appeal to us.

Maybe it is because traveling through time would allow us to experience only things we can imagine.

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I still remember learning about the twin paradox in high school and it really amazed me !!
Minted Millennials
I would love to believe that Nikola Tesla did send someone through time. Although I would think if that was the case, surely someone else would have been able to replicate this by now?
MBA ChitChat
Time travel would be great back to the past would be mind blowing .
Johnson Chau
Maybe time travel will finally get rid of hindsight bias!
The question of 'is time travel possible' is unironically so blocked by 'can we exceed the speed of light'
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