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Paging Dr. Cochrane…

Like Woah. Hyperdrive in our lifetime.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know there have been other crackpot theories, and I don't have a fraction of the math I'd need to judge for myself. But it sounds like this one is maybe a skosh more credible than some earlier theories. Even if it is based on the work of a mad scientist who collaborated with Nazis.

ohgodohgodohgod. If this works, I will never ask for anything else, as long as I live, I swear!

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cjpetherick
Jan. 10th, 2006 06:12 pm (UTC)
I remember reading this article from Scientific American some years ago in which the editors seriously explored wormholes and the concept of "negative energy" to propel ships through space -- well, as seriously as one can explore these kinds of theories.

It was an interesting read nonetheless.
_blackjack_
Jan. 10th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
Be careful what you wish for
The damage any sort of superluminal travel (even if it were accomplished without accelerating beyond c) would have on human notions of causality and information transmission would be more devastating than the gee-whiz sci-fi factor could make up for. Any models which would make such a thing possible would essentially eliminate the possibility of free will, since you would be able to outrun your data. "Past" and "future" would be meaningless, since you would be occupying multiple points in the same inertial frame. Think Dr. Manhattan from Watchmen.
fenriss
Jan. 10th, 2006 08:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Be careful what you wish for
killjoy.
_blackjack_
Jan. 10th, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Be careful what you wish for
It's part of my charm. No, not "charm"...the other thing...whaddayacallit...obnoxiousness.
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