The Mechanics of Time Travel

Interview + Performance

Friday, August 20, 2010

Simon Wells is the great-grandson of H.G. Wells. He directed the 2002 film adaptation of his ancestor's classic novel, The Time Machine. Wells has very specific ideas about how a time machine should be designed — but David Goldberg says the time transport vehicle might look more like a spaceship; Goldberg and Connie Willis also debate whether a visitor to the past would be able to reshape the future.

Guests:

David Goldberg and Connie Willis

Comments [1]

Richard Haas from New Jersey

Why do all discussions of time travel miss the main preclusion to traveling to the past?
Lavoisier and Einstein have pointed out how matter can not be created nor destroyed. One second, one week or one million years ago all the atoms in machine and time traveler were existing somewhere else. In the soil, in a comet. To travel back would be to create a second copy of those atoms.
However forward travel is possible as the atoms are taken out of mix when the travel starts. A device that slows time for the traveler so the rest of the universe moves on would in effect throw the traveler into the future by keeping him from aging and dying before he would get there normally.

Aug. 22 2010 09:08 AM

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