Time Travel Isn't Possible…Or Is It?

MORE Could wormholes — a theoretical phenomenon predicted by general relativity — create shortcuts through spacetime and make time travel possible? Paul Sutter is an astrophysicist at The Ohio State University and the chief scientist at COSI Science Center . Sutter is also host of Ask a Spaceman , We Don’t Planet , and COSI Science Now . Special relativity teaches us that the three dimensions of space and the solitary dimension of time are woven together like a fabric. It’s impossible to think of them as separate entities, only a singular unified entity — space-time. We can’t think of motion through space without being mindful of motion through time, and vice versa. Left-right, up-down, back-forth and past-future are all on equal footing. And yet, time does seem a little different. We have complete freedom of movement within space, but we cannot avoid our future. Time seems to have an "arrow," whereas the spatial dimensions are ambidextrous. Given the unity between time and space, it leads to the obvious question: Is time travel , of any sort, possible? Under any circumstances? At all? [ How Time Travel Works in Science Fiction (Infographic) ] Many science fiction stories explore humanity’s […]

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