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Time Control Technologies and Methods

An overview by Dr. David Lewis Anderson

The ability to control time in both a forward and backwards direction is possible within the laws of our mathematics and physics. The chart below compares ten different technologies an methods. Key characteristics are identified for each and described below

Time Control Technologies and Methods - A Comparison

Under each key characteristic is a column with either a solid or empty circle. A solid circle indicates a key characteristic is supported by the indicated technology or method, an empty circle indicates it is not.

“Time Control” indicates whether travel to future, past, or both are possible. “Matter Transport” is solid if both matter and information can be transported, empty if only information can be transported. “Tech Viability” is solid if the technology or method is viable with present state-of-the-art technology or within two generations. “Possible Without Exotic Materials” is solid if materials required are available today or within two generations. “Relatively Low Input Power” is solid if time control is achievable within power generation capabilities available today or within two generations.

The time control technologies and methods above include the following:

Quantum Tunneling   Quantum Tunneling: is an evanescent wave coupling effect that occurs in quantum mechanics. The correct wavelength combined with the proper tunneling barrier makes it possible to pass signals faster than than light, backwards in time. Read More
Near-Lightspeed Travel   Near-Lightspeed Travel: has the ability to significantly dilate time, sending an accelerating traveler rapidly forward in time relative to those left behind before her travel. The closer to the speed of light, the further into the future the travel. Read More
Alcubierre Warp Drive   Alcubierre Warp Drive: stretches spacetime in a wave causing the fabric of space ahead of a spacecraft to contract and the space behind it to expand. The ship can ride the wave to accelerate to high speeds and time travel. Read More
Faster-than-Light Travel   Faster-than-Light Travel: is a controversial subject. According to special relativity anything that could travel faster-than-light would move backward in time. As the same time, special relativity states that this would require infinite energy. Read More
Time-warped Fields   Time-warped Fields: use energy within curvatures of spacetime around a rotating mass or energy field to generate containable and controllable fields of closed-timelike curves that can move matter and information forward or backward in time. Read More
Circulating Light Beams   Circulating Light Beams: can be created using gamma and magnetic fields to warp time. The approach can twist space that causes time to be twisted, meaning you could theoretically walk through time as you walk through space. Read More
Wormholes   Wormholes: are hypothetical areas of warped spacetime with great energy that can create tunnels through spacetime. if traversable would allow a traveler to quickly move through great distances in space and also travel through time. Read More
Cosmic Strings   Cosmic Strings: are a hypothetical 1-dimensional (spatially) topological defect in the fabric of spacetime left over from the formation of the universe. Interaction could create fields of closed timelike curves permitting backwards time travel. Read More
Tipler Cylinder   Tipler Cylinder: uses a massive and long cylinder spinning around its longitudinal axis. The rotation creates a frame-dragging effect and fields of closed timelike curves traversable in a way to achieve subluminal time travel to the past. Read More
Casimir Effect   Casimer Effect: a physical force arising from a quantised field, for example between two uncharged plates. This can produce a locally mass-negative region of space-time that could stabilize a wormhole to allow faster than light travel. Read More

Art and Time
An article by Dr. David Lewis Anderson

Art has always been an inspiration for scientists achieving great discoveries. One of my favorite examples begins with a simple question. How would a four-dimensional being see our world? What would our world look like to a being that could move through time as easily as we move through space?

They would probably see all three dimensions from all perspectives at once. Actually it was said that Albert Einstein often asked the same question in a slightly different way. He always wondered what would it be like to view the world if you were riding on a beam of light.

Remember as we move faster and faster toward the speed of light, at the speed of light we would see everything compact into a single point and we could see everything at once. But again, with most great vision and achievements, “to do one must first imagine.” And just like science fiction art has also inspired science in many ways.

In fact, while Albert Einstein was asking this very question, a great artist with no knowledge of Einstein’s work was already laying the groundwork for his new painting style called “Cubism.” This artist was none other than Pablo Picasso.

In importance, cubism has been compared to the revolutionary discovery of perspective in the renaissance. In a cubist painting the solid reality of an object located in space and fixed in time crumbled away. The visual segments of the front, back, top and bottom and sides of an object simple jump out and assault the viewer’s eye simultaneously.

Before this, for example, the different surfaces of a cube would require an observer to walk around through space to view them in sequence, and this takes time. But in a cubist painting the need to walk around an object in space and time is removed and the collection of visual fragments would let the viewer experience the entire object from a single point in space and time. Perhaps the only other place in the universe from which an observer could actually see these ideas would be from astride a beam of light.

Before Picasso’s cubism were artists like Monet and Cezanne who began experimenting with time in art in a very different way.

Monet, who painted the entrance to the Rouen Cathedral in forty separate works that in essence tried to capture a cathedral that existed in time as well as in three-dimensional space.

And Cezanne, who in a single painting, would move in time around the painting creating work with perspectives that were distorted.
Dali and Escher: Capturing Curved Spacetime and Manipulating Perspective

After Cubism and Einstein’s discovery many new art techniques would follow the new physics. Salvador Dali perhaps reflected the new physics of curved space and time better than any other artist.

M. C. Escher’s works use a clever manipulation of perspective. What appears to be correct to the eye, on closer examination, is wrong.

Escher takes what we think is our clear understanding of the shape and nature of three-dimensional space and makes us consider other kinds of geometry.

Another great artist, Constantin Brancusi, captured time in his sculptures in the most remarkable way. One of the most magnificent collections of his works is located in Romania.

These works show the great river of time turning the wheels of life in his table of silence which leads to a walkway through time to the gate of the kiss, a symbol of life, marriage and new beginnings.

And then on to the never-ending column, a remarkable work capturing the characteristics of time that both art lovers as well as physicists could appreciate.

To do one must first imagine. There are many more examples where art and science fiction have intuited science fact.

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