12/11/11

Time Travel May Take Less Time Than You Think

I'm sure everyone's heard of the discovery of the second earth, affectionately called Kepler 22blocated 600 light years away.

Everyone's saying we will never see it in our life time.

Well, maybe not.

Any Steve Hawking fans out there? Remember his movie,  A Brief History of Time and how he explained time travel?

And how about the newest, latest research that confirms faster-than-the-speed-of-light sub-particles?

Lisa Randall delves into some of these topics in her new book Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World. A Harvard physicist, she has written a number of books that tied together the topics of sub-particles, physics, nature and art.

A mathematician at heart, she has always delved into the natural aspects of math in the world and how we can predict the future by looking at current science and its place in nature.

Sounds sensible to me--it's kind pretty much the way that I look at things. For me, art has always been a great predictor of science. Da Vinci knew we would fly. It just took us centuries before we had the technology developed to accomplish his vision. Hannah Barbra's Jetsons knew we would have phones that let us see each other--a few 40 years later, we know have Skype. Orson Scott Card wrote about blogging in his book, Ender's Game, which was written in 1985.

I don't think it is too far fetched to think that some of you who are reading this might see the day when we get there.

I wonder if it will be me ... ?

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2 comments:

Don't Call Me Dave said...

Do the inhabitants of Kepler 22b lie awake at night wondering whether there is intelligent life on Earth? It would be very presumptuous of us to assume that we can just turn up uninvited!

Solicitors In Manchester said...

I've not seen the film but I've read the book and I think it'd be great if time travel were to happen in my lifetime. I would love to see the newly discovered Kepler 22b, it's very Planet of the Apes!

 

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