To me, time travel seems ridiculous. If you move faster than the speed of light, all you are doing is delaying the amount of time for things to
appear to you. So, essentially, you could see a mirror image of yourself but it wouldn't actually physically be you, it's only a delayed
image of what happened before the light got to you. Light doesn't effect matter, so essentially you wouldn't be able to travel back in
You have just touched upon some very interesting ideas, however, I don't think you're seeing the potential that lay hidden within them. This, I
believe, is why Time Travel to you seems 'Ridiculous', but to many others, myself included, Time Travel seems anything but 'Ridiculous'. If
you'll just hang with me for a bit I'll try and explain why that is and using methods and examples that can be understood without a Degree in
Quantum Math/Science/Physics. Hopefully anyway, I might fail completely also, but let's give it a shot anyway...
First let's look at 'Time' in a Dimensional Way as in 'Time-Space'. For example:
I can give you Directions to buried treasure using measurements of 'Space'. Like go north '10 miles', then west '20 miles' and down(dig) '30
I can, on the other hand, give you the same Directions to the treasure using measurements of 'Time'. Like go north '1 hour', then west '2
hours' and down(dig) '3 hours'.
Now, by looking at those examples mathematically, and by including 'Your Rate of Movement' equally into each one (for this example we'll use Your
Speed of 10mph for simplicity), you should be digging up treasure using either method. In other words:
(Speed * Time = Distance) = (Speed/Distance = Time)
(10mph * 1hr = 10 miles) = (10mph/10 miles = 1 hour)
(10mph * 2hr = 20 miles) = (10mph/20 miles = 2 hours)
and so on and so forth.....Simple right?? Just keep this in mind for now, and we'll tie it in later with some other stuff for the Big Picture!
Next, let's look at the Matter to Energy/Energy to Matter thing. Matter to Energy conversion isn't anything new to most people. It's most common
example that stands out in peoples minds is of course Atomic Energy and Nuclear Weapons. Also the well known equation of 'E=MC^2' (2 is power of
2, don't know how to make superscripts here)
or 'E=MxCxC' or 'Energy=Mass X Speed of Light Squared'. If you were to plug in the numbers
you'd come up with, for example: 1kg of matter, any matter, we can get out 9x10^16 joules of energy. Or 90,000,000,000,000,000 joules, which is a
lot of Energy!!
The reverse of this, in one example experiment is done by taking a couple of 'Photons' or 'Particles of Light', spinning them, and smashing them
together, resulting in Exotic Matter being formed. The important thing to keep in mind here is that the 'Matter' which is made has a Mass Greater
than the original 'Photons' themselves. The Extra or Added Energy to Mass conversion therefore comes from the 'Kinetic Energy' from the Spinning,
or Movement of the 'Photon', which gets Added in along with the Energy/Mass of the 'Photon' Particles. Still with me, right? That is a very
simple version of the process, but for this post the general idea is all I'm really going for so we should be alright.
Now, let's have some fun using these concepts in a simple thought experiment about Faster than Light Travel. One more thing to add in here is that
within 'Special Relativity' there are Two Principles that basically make up the foundation.
#1: The Laws of Physics are the Same for All 'Frames' of Reference.
#2: The Speed of Light, within a Vacuum, is a Constant at 300,000,000 meters per second(186,300 miles per second).
Here is an example that will hopefully make all this a little more understandable:
Let us assume that we have three Space ships assembled at a given point upon the surface of the Earth (or at a given pint in Space). For the
purpose of this analogy we will assume that the ships are capable of any desired degree of acceleration. We will dispatch two of these ships into
Space, flying side by side in a given direction. We will launch the remaining craft in the opposite direction in Space.
"We have an observer upon each of the three craft and a fourth observer who remains at the point from which they departed. Let us call the ships
which departed together as A and B, the ship which is moving in the opposite direction as C, and the observer at the starting point as D. When we have
accelerated all three of the ships to a velocity equal to one half that of light (with respect to the starting point) we pause to determine what
changes, if any, have taken place. To the observer at the starting point D, the three ships have become slightly shorter in the direction of their
motion, and have gained a small amount of 'mass,' but are otherwise unchanged. The observer upon the ship C, however, discovers that while he and
his own ship appear to be unchanged, the ships A and B have lost all dimension in the line of motion, because they have reached the velocity C with
respect to his reference point. They have ceased to exist as matter and have entered the plane of energy. The two observers upon the ships A and B
also note that C has ceased to exist as a material object, but when they examine themselves and each other, they find that no change whatever has
occurred to them or to their ships since they are all upon exactly the same energy level and no differential exists between them. This can get
even more wild but for now we can stop it here.
Here is another example of 'Relativity' and how there is a Fundamental Connection between 'The Observer' and 'The Observed'. That concept
there is Very Important and Very Interesting to think about. It is also one of the major points behind me typing this Really Long Post
Anyway, here is example #2:
Mary, a 30 year old NASA astronaut, blasts off from Cape Canaveral in her very high speed rocket in the year 2010 on a 10 year mission to a nearby
star. After a short time she is traveling at 270,000 km per second, that is, 90% of the speed of light. To Mary everything looks normal in her rocket;
the clock seems normal and time passes for her the way it did back on Earth. Her identical twin sister, Susan, is a NASA ground controller for the
mission. Ten years pass on Earth before the rocket returns and when it does something is immediately apparent; while the Earth-bound Susan has aged 10
years, her high-flying "twin" sister has only aged 5 years! How can this be? Well, again we are back to "moving clocks run slow". At 90% of the
speed of light time slows down to about half of that relative to someone who is stationary. So while 10 years have passed for Susan only 5 years have
passed for Mary because her "clock" was running at half the speed of those on Earth. This is called the twin paradox. Remember that while Mary has
only aged 5 years she still felt that time was passing normally; this is not a way of living longer! Not only was her clock running slow as far as a
ground based observer is concerned, but her time was running slow.
Now, wasn't that fun & simple enough to understand?!?!? I hope so, cause that was a lot of typing!! I also hope I didn't mess anything up too bad.
I'll be proof reading it a couple times just in case...