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Astrophysicist Ronald Mallett has dedicated much of his adult life to the notion that time travel is possible, and so far, he’s come up with the scientific equations and principles upon which he says a real-life time machine could be created. When he was just age 10, his father died suddenly, of a heart attack, and that event changed the track of his life forever. Read more for a video and additional information.
Mallett says his time travel plans all hinge on Einstein’s special theory of relativity and general theory of relativity. One example he gives is that astronauts traversing space in a rocket traveling close to the speed of light causes time to pass differently on Earth than it would for the people in the rocket. In other words, they could actually come back finding out that they’re only a few years older, but decades have passed here on Earth.
- Gleick, James (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 352 Pages - 09/05/2017 (Publication Date) - Vintage (Publisher)
They astrophysicist also suggests that light could be used to affect time using something called a ring laser. To prove it, he’s created a prototype illustrating how lasers could be used to create a circulating beam of light that twists space and time. By studying this type of gravitational field produced by a ring laser, it lead him to a new way of looking at the possibility of a time machine based on a circulating beam of light.