Closed Time-Like Loop

September 18, 2015 § 1 Comment

“In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.”

Genesis 1:1-3

They called it Jacob’s Ladder. Quaint, thought Jon. Although he did have to admit, the coincidence was incredible. Their search for cosmic strings, immeasurably long one-dimensional defects in spacetime, had reached out as far into the universe as nearby, and not-so-nearby, galaxies. Turned out they were practically in our backyard, a cluster of strings so close to our solar system no one had thought to look for them there. Missing the forest for the trees, Jon mused, that’s science for you.

But the really amazing thing was that, unbelievably, two in the cluster crossed perfectly by each other, creating exactly the right conditions to make a closed time-like loop. In effect, a natural time machine formed in the first instances of the universe and was put just three light-hours away from planet earth, by…who? God? That’s what the name suggested…maybe he would soon find out, thought Jon.

His ship approached the crossing, guided by the distortion of light created by the strings’ massive densities. Well, technically it wasn’t his ship. He had stolen it, but that didn’t matter much now. Jon was about to conduct the greatest experiment in scientific history. The ship had been made to use the strings for time travel, to record and observe all sorts of information about the effects and surroundings. The station had planned expeditionary trips to the ladder, to go back just a little in time and return to see the readings. Jon had plans of his own though.

The ship altered its course as it began the figure eight path around the two strings that would create the closed time-like loop. Jon sat in the acceleration chair; with the ship taking over from his earlier input he wouldn’t have anything to take care of now. He was going back. All the way back. To the beginning.

Peter Bryant


§ One Response to Closed Time-Like Loop

  • kyleuber says:

    I really enjoy how this piece creates an interplay between science and religion. The Biblical allusions imply that the “time machine” has something undoubtedly holy about it. Specifically, by referring to the closed-time loop as Jacob’s Ladder, the author implies that the traversal of time is in one interpretation a way to reach heaven — the ultimate sanctuary. However, as it is presented in this piece, it is not some religious being, but rather a scientific force that is responsible for the closed time loop. It begs the question if science and religion are both just ways to explain the things that we do not fully understand. That being said, I hold this position as somebody who is not very religious. So, I would be curious to see how somebody who is indeed religious would react / respond to this stance?

    -Kyle Uber


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