Traveling faster than light would mean going through multiple timelines

(ORDO NEWS) — An international team of physicists has developed a new theory that allows objects to travel faster than the speed of light, and while the researchers note that it doesn’t technically violate the laws of physics , such travel would lead to mind-blowing effects.

Namely, based on an article published by physicists in the journal Classical and Quantum Gravity, travelers moving faster than the speed of light would experience several timelines simultaneously.

How, you ask? Through the “1 + 3 space-time” structure, which changes the traditional idea of ​​three space and one time dimensions in favor of three time and one space dimensions.

“The other besides one spatial three dimensions are time dimensions,” said Andrzej Dragan, a physicist at the University of Warsaw in Poland and co-author of the study.

“From the observer’s point of view, the particle ages independently in each of the three time periods.”

1 + 3 space-time

Does it make any sense from a human point of view? We’re honestly not sure.

However, this study can be called an exotic study of the question “What if …?”, not to mention another example of playing with the concept of traveling at a speed faster than the speed of light.

In theory, the researchers say their work could help reconcile Einstein’s theory of relativity with quantum mechanics.

“This new theory does not violate Einstein’s postulate that the speed of light in a vacuum is constant, even for superluminal observers,” Dragan added.

“So our extended special relativity doesn’t seem like a particularly extravagant idea.”


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