Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity can roundly be credited for the beginning of the exploration of time travel as a true possibility. For millennia, civilizations have fantasized about being able to travel backwards and forwards in time; being able to influence history and change the outcomes of pivotal conflicts, or correct errors in judgement and planning. Today, quantum physics has mankind looking at time in a totally and completely different fashion. Whereas traditionally we have seen time as simply one dimensional and linear, the latest theories on quantum physics are exploring time as multi-dimensional.
If we are to consider time as more than just uni-dimensional, then what if the middle ages of Europe were simultaneously happening as modern time is occurring? Is this far-fetched? Well, I am taking quite a few liberties here in the name of fiction and entertainment but I cannot help but wonder if we as humans were to enter into a different dimension of time, would we encounter say, the Spanish Inquisition or the forcible imprisonment of human beings in concentration camps? Would we be able to stop these events from ever happening in the first place?
Furthermore, what potentially sinister uses of time travel could happen? If time could be manipulated for nefarious purposes, what calamities could be created or worsened? We could also wonder what would happen if the different dimensions of time should intersect. It is these vast unknowns that make for a wild ride of a story.
Today we have computational power that in the early part of the 20th century we could only dream about in science fiction. The science fiction entertainment of that era has almost become a complete reality. We have large warehouses of electronics that analyze a staggering amount of data at speeds and accuracy that simply beguile comprehension. Today’s server farms are able to accurately predict our likes, dislikes, and even what words we might use in our daily speech. Our computers have eyes, ears, and artificial intelligence that is both fascinating and frightening in one.
It is without further ado that I bring the story to you. Welcome to the Alice in Wonderland rabbit hold that is time. Thank you for embarking on this journey with me.
Dr. James Henderson woke up ready to start another day both in the laboratory and the classroom. With his mind on his work and on the day ahead, he fixed himself some breakfast. At only 32 years old he had achieved quite a bit professionally with a dual doctorate in Computer Science and Quantum Physics. Henderson was educated at Stanford and during his post-doctorate work, he was recruited to teach and research at MIT.
Henderson grumbled to himself as he managed to burn his toast yet again. For somebody as gifted academically as he was, he often wondered why he had no hope in the kitchen. About the only thing Henderson could manage was to use the all-important coffee maker.