For centuries, humans have been fascinated by the idea of time travel. But until now, this concept has remained firmly in the realm of fiction. That is, until a new study published in Nature Physics has provided evidence that time travel may be possible at a microscopic level.
The lead authors of the study, Time reversibility during the ageing of materials, are Till Bohmer and Thomas Blochowicz from the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany. Their research focuses on time shuffling and how time behaves in the structure of certain materials like glass. The study investigates how the composition of materials changes over time.
According to Professor Blochowicz, “The minuscule fluctuations in the molecules had to be documented using an ultra-sensitive video camera.” The results show that glass molecules do not follow a traditional molecular structure, as they constantly fall into new places, causing time to effectively reverse on a molecular level within the glass. This movement makes it impossible for scientists to determine whether the changes are occurring forwards or backwards, challenging our understanding of the materials we use daily.
While this discovery does not bring humanity any closer to actual time travel, it has significant implications for materials science and our perception of the world around us. It shows that time does not act in a strictly linear manner and that even something as seemingly mundane as glass can exhibit complex behavior at a microscopic level.
In addition to this study, another research released in 2023 addresses the concept of time travel in the universe. The research discredits the possibility of going back in time and states that time can only move in one direction. Such discoveries are shifting the way we perceive time and challenging long-held beliefs about the nature of our reality.
Overall, these studies suggest that our understanding of time is far more complex than we previously thought. As technology advances and our knowledge deepens, who knows what other fascinating discoveries await us?