by Ivan Petricevic
Numerous ancient texts mention how
was achievable thousands of years ago.
Evidence of that can be
found in numerous ancient manuscripts and texts including the Bible,
and proof that scientists are still interested in time travel are
countless studies that have been written in recent years.
In the ancient Indian text of
the Mahabharata, written sometime
during the eighth century BC, King Raivata is described as
traveling to the heavens to meet with the creator god Brahma, only
to return to Earth hundreds of years in the future.
Time travel and powerful machines that could help a person travel in
time have been one of the great recurring themes of science fiction
and innumerable films for many decades.
But there's a reason for
that. The possibility of time travel has attracted mankind for
While many may think its absurd to believe in time travel, some of
the world's brightest scientists have investigated whether mankind
could really travel in time in the near future.
Albert Einstein concluded that the past, present, and future
Now, with the right technology, like a very fast spacecraft - the
kind we are still to invent on Earth - one person traveling in space
could technically experience several days while another one would
experience, simultaneously, only a few hours or minutes.
However, Einstein's wisdom and convictions had very little impact on
cosmology or on science in general when it comes to time travel.
If it were truly possible to travel in time, we can scarcely have a
glimpse of what this could mean for humanity and, above all, for
those who had the power to travel through time and the power to
write history as they please.
And while this may sound appealing, we do not know the consequences
of altering past events and how they would affect the future, if of
course we actually ha the means to do so.
If you look at history and different ancient texts we can find a
number of time travel references cataloged by different cultures
across the globe.
In Hindu mythology, there is a story about King Raivata Kakudmi
who travels to meet the creator, Brahma. Although this trip
did not last long, when Kakudmi returned to earth, 108 yugas had
yuga represents about 4 million
The explanation Brahma gave Kakudmi is that time passes differently
on the different planes of existence.
Also, we have references of Time Travel in the Quran. The
story refers to a group of individuals, who in 250 AD sought to the
persecution, and withdrew, under the guidance of God, to a
cave where God made them sleep. They woke up 309 years later.
This story coincides with the Christian story of the seven
sleepers, with a few differences.
More evidence can be found in the Bible according to Erick von
In the Bible, the
prophet Jeremiah was sitting together with a few of his friends,
and there was a young boy. His name was Abimelech, and Jeremiah
said to Abimelech,
"Go out of
Jerusalem, there is a hill and collect some figs for us."
The boy went out and
collected the fresh figs.
All of a sudden,
Abimelech hears some noise and wind in the air, and he becomes
unconscious, he had a blackout. After a time, he wakes up again,
and he saw it was nearly the evening.
So when he runs back
to the society and the city was full of strange soldiers.
And he says,
"What's going on
here? Where are Jeremiah and all the others?"
And an old man said,
"That was 62
It's a time travel
story written in the Bible.
Another story comes from
the Japanese legend of Urashima Taro.
It is said that a man
visited the underwater palace of the Dragon God Ryujin. He
stayed there for three days, but when he returned to the surface 300
years had passed.
In the Buddhist text
Pali Canon it is written that in
the heaven of the thirty
Devas (the place of the Gods), time
passes to a different rhythm, where a hundred years of the earth
count there as a single day.
In modern times, however, one of the most 'famous' accounts of time
travel is the infamous
Philadelphia Experiment which
supposedly took place in 1943.
The projects main goal
was to hide a Navy vessel and make it invisible to enemy radars.
However, it is said that the experiment went terribly wrong: not
only did the ship completely disappear, it was
Norfolk. When the ship appeared, some crew members were physically
attached to the ships hull, others developed mental disorders, some
disappeared completely and others reported having traveled to the
Nikola Tesla was involved in
the experiment, performing all the necessary calculations and
developing the various designs, as well as providing the necessary
In 1960, another interesting report about time travel was presented
by Pellegrino Ernetti, who affirmed to have developed a
machine that would allow him to see the past:
He supposedly developed
this machine that could detect, expand and convert energy into an
something like a
television that showed what happened in the past.
Physicist and Professor
Ronald Lawrence Mallett of the University of Connecticut is
working on the concept of time travel, based on Einstein's theory of
relativity and is absolutely convinced that mankind can in fact
travel in time.
According to Mallett, within this century, humans will have the
ability to travel in time.
Particle physicist Brian Cox agrees that time travel is
possible, but only in one direction.
We can't speak of time travel in modern times without mentioning the
fascinating story of a man called
Al Bielek who claims to have
traveled in time, specifically to the future, to the year 2749.
Interestingly, a recently
published study claims that a least mathematically speaking, time
travel is really possible.
Published in the
IOPscience Journal Classical and Quantum Gravity, the study (Traversable
Acausal Retrograde Domains in Spacetime) argues that
space should NOT be divided into three dimensions - where time is
Instead, Benjamin K.
Tippett says four dimensions need to be imagined simultaneously
as a space-time continuum in which the different directions are