Are the Swiss about to invent the first time machine?

By Mark O’Neill

If Mr Spock or Michael J Fox turn up on your doorstep in the next few weeks looking lost, then this is why. The Swiss research facility, CERN, is close to starting up the “Large Hadron Collider” (LHC) – the most powerful atom-smasher ever built.

It’s supposed to be able to recreate the conditions surrounding the Big Bang of Creation and provide more insight on particles in space. But two Russian scientists are convinced that the machine could become the world’s first time machine.

According to their theory, if time travel is possible then it is only possible to go back as far as the year when the first time machine was created. That means 2008 folks if this LHC machine gets up and running! Just think, we could ask the first time travellers how President Obama’s re-election campaign of 2012 is getting on!

Normally I would dismiss this as a load of sensationalist crap but the Daily Telegraph is quite a respectable British newspaper. They are normally quite responsible with their reporting so I give them more credibility than say a trashy tabloid with topless models such as the Sun.

I guess we’d better soon start practicing our Vulcan “Live Long and Prosper” signs!


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18 Responses to Are the Swiss about to invent the first time machine?

  1. I’m sure these Russian scientists know more about the underlying science than I do (A- in Physics class notwithstanding), and I suppose we’ll just have to see if they’re right, although I’m highly skeptical about it.

    In the immortal words of Yoda, “Always in motion is the future.”

  2. I'm sure these Russian scientists know more about the underlying science than I do (A- in Physics class notwithstanding), and I suppose we'll just have to see if they're right, although I'm highly skeptical about it.

    In the immortal words of Yoda, "Always in motion is the future."

  3. If they succeed, the world will change for sure. Something like that will pose an enormous treat to society. Just think about the possibilities. That will never be “free for all” kind of thing.

  4. If they succeed, the world will change for sure. Something like that will pose an enormous treat to society. Just think about the possibilities. That will never be "free for all" kind of thing.

  5. I see two statements crossing each other. If the machine cannot go beyond the time when it was first created then how will it recreate the Big Bang.

  6. I see two statements crossing each other. If the machine cannot go beyond the time when it was first created then how will it recreate the Big Bang.

  7. The Big Bang is something separate and unconnected. The machine’s official purpose is to recreate the Big Bang and study space molecules. But a side-purpose (and supposedly un-intentional purpose) of the machine is apparently the beginnings of time travel.

    Don’t ask me to explain it because I don’t understand all the ins and outs of it. I sucked at physics at school!!

  8. The Big Bang is something separate and unconnected. The machine’s official purpose is to recreate the Big Bang and study space molecules. But a side-purpose (and supposedly un-intentional purpose) of the machine is apparently the beginnings of time travel.

    Don’t ask me to explain it because I don’t understand all the ins and outs of it. I sucked at physics at school!!

  9. The Big Bang is something separate and unconnected. The machine's official purpose is to recreate the Big Bang and study space molecules. But a side-purpose (and supposedly un-intentional purpose) of the machine is apparently the beginnings of time travel.

    Don't ask me to explain it because I don't understand all the ins and outs of it. I sucked at physics at school!!