Let's Do This Thing!: Stephen Hawking Explains How Time Travel Is Possible

May 4, 2010


Stephen Hawking, best known for once beating me in a battle of the brains by an incredibly narrow margin (I dominated him in an arm-wrestling rematch), has taken to explaining how humans might be able to time travel into the future. It sounds difficult. Plus expensive (read: it's never gonna happen).

Hawking says it would be possible if you could build a gigantic spacecraft, "a truly enormous machine," carrying a huge amount of fuel, enough to accelerate it for six years at full power. That would bring it to a velocity almost as fast as the speed of light.

"At this speed, a single day on board is a whole year of Earth time. Our ship would be truly flying into the future. The slowing of time has another benefit. It means we could, in theory, travel extraordinary distances within one lifetime. A trip to the edge of the galaxy would take just 80 years."

I didn't actually bother reading any of that, but I'm gonna assume Stephen suggested I go ahead and bid on the DeLorean I've been watching on eBay. What next, Mr. Hawking? A flux capacitor? Hmmm....

Okay I'm going to stand on the toilet and hold this clock, I want you to ram me with your wheelchair. *CRASH* Dammit Steve -- towards the sink, TOWARDS THE SINK!

Stephen Hawking explains how to travel into the future [dvice]

Thanks to banjoballdangler, who may or may yes have the awesomest name I've ever heard.

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