Inﬁnite and tiny• ``It appears therefore that the theory as it stands now must be strangely near to the final solution, yet it cannot possibly be correct, as the mathematical procedure used to extract these results is plainly unacceptable. - Heitler
Paradox #3: how can time go both ways at one time?
Entropic timetime • Time measured by increasing entropy: emit • The direction bombs explode in, eggs “Opposite cracks in, people age thermodynamics in, and the like. arrows of time” • Unfortunately, L. S. Schulman Schulman has shown that this can go both ways!
Acme Wormhole Construction Company Visser’s recipe for a time machine: 1. Acquire a traversable wormhole 2. Induce a “time-shi*” between the two mouths of the wormhole 3. Bring the wormhole mouths together
Davies’s How to Build a Time Machine How do you go about constructing a traversable wormhole and turning it into a time machine?
“Time’s Up for the Time Bandits” • Cover Story in New Scientist, 20th of September 2003 • Forget about coming back to murder your great-grandfather. It never happened, and there are forces out there making sure it never will.
ConundrumFor better or for worse, most canonical quantum ﬁeld theories are found by starting with a classical ﬁeld theory and then quantizing it. To be sure, there is something intellectually unsatisfactory about this: given that quantum theory is the more fundamental theory, we would prefer to work in the other direction, that is, to recover classical ﬁeld theories from quantum starting points – Wallace
“This is often the way it is in physics – our mistake is not that we take our theories too seriously, but that we do not take them seriously enough. It is always hard to realize that these numbers and equations we play with at our desks have something to do with the real world. Even worse, there often seems to be a general agreement that certain phenomena are just not fit subjects for respectable theoretical and experimental effort.” – Steven Weinberg
Through the looking glass I have no doubt that in reality the future will be vastly more surprising than anything I can imagine. Now my own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose. – J. B. S. Haldane