This guy would definitely not be handing over the keys to the time machine.
As a boy, I used to stare out my window at night and imagine Flash Gordon would land his rocket in my lawn and invite me to go exploring the solar system with him. Not the 1980 Flash Gordon, who was cheesy and queeny and definitely homo-erotic. The original black and white Flash Gordon from the early Hollywood serials. That’s who I wanted to be.
Well, my dreams of being an astronaut were crushed by NASA’s outrageously excessive requirements to be an astronaut. Check out this list.
I mean look at the blood pressure they expect you to have? I work out occasionally, but it’s not like I can go to the gym twice a day when I’ve got so many experiments going on at once.
So if I want to get to outer space, it’s going to have to be on my dime. And as with everything, I’m aiming high, at least all the way to Proxima Centauri.
In order to get to other solar systems, humanity is going to need to invent faster-than-light (FTL) travel. And that’s what we’re going to do.
FTL travel refers to the propagation of matter faster than the speed of light. As we all know, under the special theory of relativity, a particle (that has rest mass) with subluminal velocity needs infinite energy to accelerate to the speed of light, although special relativity does not forbid the existence of particles that travel faster than light at all times (tachyons).
On the other hand, what some physicists refer to as “apparent” or “effective” FTL depends on the hypothesis that unusually distorted regions of spacetime might permit matter to reach distant locations in less time than light could in normal or undistorted spacetime. Current theories still require matter to travel subluminally with respect to the locally distorted spacetime region, apparent FTL is not excluded by general relativity.
Examples of FTL proposals include: changing the frequency of mass to a higher state by applying high-frequency waves of energy, the Alcubierre drive, and the traversable wormhole.
Some people who have been reading this blog might point out a logical contradiction to my stated intention to solve the problems for both time travel and FTL travel. They might ask, if I’m going to invent a time machine anyway, why not just concentrate all my resources to it, and then when I’ve finished it, I can travel into the future and learn how to manage FTL travel from our descendants.
A valid point. But one could just as easily say I should concentrate on FTL travel, journey to other regions of the universe, and find an alien civilization that has already mastered time travel. You see, either way might work.
The only valid solution is to equally divide our time between both.
Future articles will discuss the various possible methods of FTL travel and get us focused on the areas of research that look most promising.
That is all.