Sunday Reads: Sideways in time?

“Physicists claim time travel IS possible, here’s all you need to know”

So reads the headline on an article in the science section of my google news feed this morning — and it alone really says all I need to know: Time travel is possible.

And it’s just as well that the headline summarizes the article in plain old English — even if they might be stretching things a bit — because talk of quantum physics makes my blonde head swim.

It’s not that I can’t understand anything in the article; I get the idea of parallel universes, as “In my Father’s house are many mansions,” or dimensions, if you will, with all sorts of “divine sparks” of the One Universal Energy manifesting in myriad ways.

Poster for the movie Back to the Future. (Photo: Universal Studios)
Poster for the movie Back to the Future. (Photo: Universal Studios)

But the article never really seems to explain how the Many Interacting Worlds Theory advanced by researchers from the Griffith University’s Center for Quantum Dynamics and the University of California have come up with the theory that time travel is possible — at least, not in the Back to the Future type of time travel Hollywood has been creating in film.

Indeed, if I had been the editor tasked with writing a headline for the article, the time travel hook would never have occurred to me — and the words “time travel” are the hook, or “click bait.” They enticed me to click on the headline and open the article. But mostly, I don’t have a clue what they are talking about, though I suspect it is more about interdimensional travel than the sort of travel that would allow us to, say, go back in time to the Woodstock Festival and frolic with all the flower children.

Yes, that would be the first stop for me if I really could time travel . . .

And so the article’s headline has set my mind awandering (even if the article itself hasn’t). I’m smiling and dreaming of flitting back and forth in time, free as a butterfly. And that is not a bad way to start this Sunday morn . . .

Which reminded me of an idea I have been toying with for a while: A regular “Sunday reads” post here in which all readers can point (in the readers’ comments section) to an interesting article from the week before (or the morning of). Did an article you read somewhere stand out for you in some way? How so?

What do you recommend as a good Sunday read this week? I’ll pose that question most Sundays here.

— Jillian

Photo credit: If only we could hop into a DeLorean and travel back and forth in time. (Photo: Promoting the Back to the Future game from Telltale. San Diego, Calif., September 2010/by Ewen Roberts on Wikimedia Commons)

4 thoughts on “Sunday Reads: Sideways in time?

  1. Not only is time travel possible, but NASA has done it. Often.

    Unfortunately, the only time travel that is possible is to the future. Here’s how it works. When an astronaut goes into orbit at 17,500 MPH- relative to the launch point on earth- time, for him is constant, but to an observer on the earth, he has slowed slightly.. When astronaut Scott Kelly returned to earth after a one-year mission, his twin brother, Mark, was 5-milliseconds older. Of course to go further in time than a few milliseconds over a year, Scott would have to travel a lot faster.

    The atomic clocks on the GPS satellites are slowed by a few picoseconds because, to them, time is slower than on earth.

    (After years of contemplation, I *finally* understand relativity.)

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    1. I love it! (even if I don’t understand it)

      So, maybe they can do more than they are letting on — at least, that is what the good folks on Coast to Coast AM might tell us.

      And for all we know, we might be time travellers who will slip into another dimension in time when we shed our mortal coils . . .

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