Jenny Randles says timely research suggests some scientists are close to ticking off the secrets of time travel, such as Russian scientist Dr. Vadim Chernobov.
Hes created a time travel machine that douses capsules with electromagnetic energy and, as a result, every day inside the capsules is only 23 hours, 59 minutes and 24 seconds long, compared with the 24-hour day experience by the outside world.
Other time-sensitive researchers are more skeptical. Randles says many believe that when time machines are perfected, they wont be able to travel back in time past the moment when the first time machine is invented.
Another scientist, Cambridge mathematician John Lucas, set aside money that would be used to one day purchase a time machine that would visit him at a prearranged spot.
Randles says Lucas assumed that once he came up with the idea that a time machine would magically appear at the location. Since it never did, Lucas assumes time travel must be impossible.
Randles discusses other timely facts in a new book, Breaking The Time Barrier: The Race To Build The First Time Machine (Pocket Books).
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