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You Can’t Travel Back in Time, Scientists Say

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The urge to hug a departed loved one again or prevent atrocities are among the compelling reasons that keep the notion of time travel alive in the minds of many. In physics, time is described as a dimension much like length, width, and height.

Another popular theory for potential time travelers involves something called cosmic strings-narrow tubes of energy stretched across the entire length of the ever-expanding universe.

Cosmic strings are either infinite or they’re in loops, with no ends, said J. Richard Gott, author of “Time Travel in Einstein’s Universe” and an astrophysicist at Princeton University.

The approach of two such strings parallel to each other, said Gott, will bend space-time so vigorously and in such a particular configuration that might make time travel possible, in theory.

Maybe if there were a theory of everything, one could solve all of Einstein’s equations through a wormhole, and see whether time travel is really possible, Kaku said.

“If you want to know what the Earth is like one million years from now, I’ll tell you how to do that,” said Greene, a consultant for “Déjà Vu,” a recent movie that dealt with time travel.


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