April 28, 2014

Adventures in Genre-Hopping: Theory

Oh, man. I am such a nerd. I seriously love this stuff.

I figured, if I'm going to write science fiction, I should probably understand the science behind these stories, right?

I took a physics class in college: ONE class: Astronomy. It was a great class. My professor knew so much and he covered several topics within physics, including the theory of relativity. I understood a lot of the basics that Einstein explored, but the overall concept of time travel eluded me.

So I turned to wikipedia.

This information was familiar, but more in-depth. I took a lot of notes and tried to put this stuff into layman's terms for myself later. I think I get the theories, and I see where I'm going to have to fictionalize a lot of this stuff for the sake of fiction. But wow. It's just interesting!

I also found a cool website called World Science U, where you can watch college-level lectures on a variety of sciency subjects. They have time travel! Or at least the theory of time travel. I'm learning a lot from this guy, and he explains it in a way that makes sense, which is pretty helpful.

I'm not sure if this experience makes me feel smarter or completely out of my depth.

Do you have any questions about time travel and how it works? What should I know before I dive in?


Thea van Diepen said...

Ok, I totally have questions.

1) I've read that moving backwards in time is theoretically impossible. Is that still the theory?
2) If that's not the theory, would it be plausible if time travel were somehow incorporated into space travel and someone could accidentally go too far back in time?
3) If you're not sure, then, at the very least, how would time travel backwards and forwards in time work, just in general? How would they be different?

There's a story that would very much benefit from the answering of these questions. :)

Emily Casey said...

Yes, moving backwards in time is still theoretical. But it's too fun to pass up. :)

How far is too far? You mean before the planet was formed? That, in my opinion, would be a pretty hazardous jump through time.

We don't know much, if anything, about traveling back in time. I'll do my best to make it plausible in my book, though. :)

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