Time is not an inconsequential immaterial force, it has real power
As we learn more about the inner depths of what we call atoms, this domain appears to us as infinitesimal, but within there is more than a (single) universe of time and energy
Holy Chromatons Wesley (Shaun) be careful 😉
The force of time just became a force to be reckoned with. In a paper just published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A, Associate Professor Joan Vaccaro challenges the long-held presumption that time evolution — the incessant unfolding of the universe over time — is an elemental forceful part of Nature.
In the paper, entitled “Quantum asymmetry between time and space,” she suggests there are hints of a deeper more powerful meaning to time due to a difference between the two directions of time: to the future and to the past.
“If you want to know where the universe came from and where it’s going, you need to know about time,” says Associate Professor Vaccaro.
Time, matter, and energy one and the same?
“Experiments on subatomic particles over the past 50 years ago show that Nature doesn’t treat both directions of time equally. In particular, subatomic particles called K and B mesons”, (that we study in a rarified field known as quantum chromo-dynamics), “behave ‘forcefully’ differently depending on the direction of time.”
“When this subtle behaviour is included in a model of the universe, what we see is the universe changing from being fixed at one moment in time to continuously evolving.”
“In other words, the subtle behaviour appears to be responsible for making the universe move forwards in time.”
“Understanding how time evolution comes about in this way opens up a whole new view on the fundamental nature of time itself.
“It may even help us to better understand bizarre ideas such as travelling back in time.”
According to the paper, an asymmetry exists between time and space in the sense that physical systems inevitably evolve over time whereas there is no corresponding ubiquitous translation over space. This asymmetry, long presumed to be elemental, is represented by equations of motion and conservation laws that operate differently over time and space.
Empowering access to the palpable energy of time
There are some few of us working in rarified fields of physics who are inspired more toward accessing the force of time as opposed to the good professors search to simply observe and characterize it. But this remarkable woman of science is truly one of our hero’s and upon her every word and thought we dwell.
Out here on the frontiers of science, or perhaps more accurately ‘in here within the frontiers of science, we find kindred scientists few and far between and we are danged pleased to have found Joan! Even better she’s in the lead blazing a new trail that makes our wilderness less imposing and difficult as we follow her clearly laid path.
The very nature of matter and energy have always offered fascinating mysterious inconsistencies when viewed through the goggles of scientific dogma. The glare of reality is horrifying to most. It is as if gazing upon the face of God or Medusa would result in insanity or worse, surely at the very least to ostracism by legions of mundane peers and pundits. It takes real conviction (and courage) to glimpse and report so cogently as this woman has done.
A few of my ilk are excited, and not virtually, by some of these new revelations about the nature of time and it’s relation to real space (us). Practical technologies that access the force of time may be very near to hand!
Some of the technicalities
Professor Vaccaro used a “sum-over-paths formalism” to demonstrate the possibility of a time and space symmetry, meaning the conventional view of time evolution would need to be revisited.
“In the connection between time and space, space is easier to understand because it’s simply there. But time is forever forcing us towards the future,” says Associate Professor Vaccaro.
“Yet while we are indeed moving forward in time, there is also always some movement backwards, a kind of jiggling effect, and it is this movement I want to measure using these K and B mesons.”
Associate Professor Vaccaro says the research provides a solution to the origin of dynamics, an issue that has long perplexed science.
- Joan A. Vaccaro. Quantum asymmetry between time and space.Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Science, 2016; 472 (2185): 20150670 DOI:10.1098/rspa.2015.0670