Questions tagged [time-travel]

For questions relating to travel in time. Such travel often involves FTL travel; consider also using the [tag:faster-than-light] tag.

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Factory-produced Furniture Workmanship to the Renaissance [on hold]

A protagonist equipped with unstable time traveling powers is shopping at their local furniture store for low-end furniture when they realize their powers will knock them back to the Italy of the ...
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What information could a Time Traveller give to Nazi Germany to make them win WWII?

So, let’s say a certain type of person steals a Time Machine and travels to Berlin August 1st, 1939. He shows his time machine to Adolf Hitler, and tries to give him advice necessary to win WW2 before ...
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The scientific description of time-asymmetric retro-causality?

Doing research into my time braking world I was referred to Split Second by Douglas E. Richards. It turns out he conceived of the exact same machine that I did, however he handled the paradoxes ...
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How does 1963 science work with 2013 materials?

This question reminded me of a Nanowrimo attempt of mine a few years ago. Main Character is bicycling in modern day (2013 at the time), and creates a time-portal, finds herself in 1963 near Xavier's ...
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Your computer made you rich by perfectly predicting 50/50 and 1:3 decisions, but only 50µs in the future. What did you control? [closed]

You have a Time Displacement Teleportation Device (or two). Your computer is making split-second decisions, & it knows an outcome or event 50µs from now and can correct decisions. You now control ...
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The entire city of New York City appears in America in 100AD. What happens? [closed]

One day every light in New York goes out and everything goes dark. 5 minutes later the lights come back on. New York is now located at its usual place but 1900 years into the past. (just so people don'...
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If 120 experts in 12 different fields were sent back 10,000 years, could they recreate the 21st century in 100 years?

Ten experts (CEOs, professors) of each of the fields of math, physics, chemistry, economics, engineering, electrical engineering, CS, sociology, psychology, art, politics and education (120 total) are ...
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I'm on the Titanic, what should I do to survive? [closed]

I time traveled to the date of April 14th, 1912 with my time machine. It’s evening, 6:00 PM to be exact and my location is the deck of the ship Titanic. We all know what is going to happen not too ...
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Time traveller's first occupation

What would be the best thing that time traveler can do if he is dropped in the distant past? If a modern person is dropped in the year 1 AD (assume it's Roman Empire), without any supplies, but with ...
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I killed baby Jesus - now what's the biggest religion is in modern age? [closed]

I'm a time traveler terrorist, I want back and murdered baby Jesus in his crib on the day of his birth, to his family it would seem like he just stopped breathing at the middle of the night (no one ...
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Modern warfare theory in a medieval setting

Let's assume a medieval lord named Gary I of Flowers lives in a "Europe-ish" continent with no gun powder or magic. Somehow, he's aware about modern warfare theory. Maybe he found out a time-traveler ...
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If I travelled back in time to invest in X company to make a fortune, roughly what is the probability that it would fail? [closed]

Say I found a time machine and decided to go back 20 years in time replacing my past self while retaining my current memory then sell my house (which is my largest asset at that time) and invest in 1 ...
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Designing a time thief proof safe

I'm a time traveler. Yes I know it's amazing for you to grasp but once Jebsus invented time travel in the mid 54th century we all became time travelers (he open sourced it). Now recently I came ...
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How to figure out that you traveled 570 million years into the future while in space on a small shuttle craft?

I want a character to get sucked into what she thinks is an FTL-wormhole-gate. While it turns out that the gate is indeed a traversable wormhole, it does not allow for FTL travel. The gate transports ...
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If we brought ancient germs to the present

If germs from the past was brought to the present/future on a person (or by some other means of transportation) and we have immunity to its descendants, like the modern germs for example, would we be ...
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How can a time-resetter prove the range of their ability?

Consider the magic power of being able to 'reset time' in the style of Groundhog Day or The Edge of Tomorrow, ie revert one's environment and physical state to that of an earlier time while retaining ...
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What could “time manipulation”'s weaknesses be? [closed]

I've been writing a short anime-like story, in which a villain has time-controlling powers. His abilities enable him to: Freeze someone physically, even though they're able to think and perceive ...
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Would you carry the exact same DNA if you were concieved at a different time?

In this world, time travel is possible, but the only thing that can be sent back in time are thoughts. From the perspective of your past self, you suddenly one moment realize that you have "memories ...
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How can something be “one second out of sync”?

In many sci-fi shows, an object is placed a few seconds "out of sync" with the rest of the universe. This hides the object from sight, scanners, etc. How would such a device work in real life? Here's ...
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What are some modern policies that can be applied to or improve 17th-century European society? [closed]

Supposedly, a relatively smart + educated young woman from modern society is transmigrated into a body of a woman living in a country that is similar to 17th-century Europe. Monarchy and nobility ...
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How could one become rich when suddenly be transferred back in time by 100 years? [closed]

I assume he is unprepared for such an event and therefore does not have specific detailed knowlede of the stockmarket, ground prices or similar assets. Also without initial capital buying some ...
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What would religious debates look like in a religion designed by a time-traveler to help mankind? [closed]

A time traveler, Roy, is marooned in the ancient era. Time and place are negotiable: ancient Greece, Roman Judea, ancient China, etc. There's no hope of getting back, but he's an intelligent fellow ...
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The North Star in the ancient world sky

Question: Would a modern-day teen, trained in using the north star for directions when camping/hiking, notice a difference in how the "north star" (Polaris) works when transported suddenly to 1350 BCE?...
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Advance human society by time-transporting a book. Which to choose? [closed]

Humanity has done it - the first time-machine was built! However, the machine's capabilities are very limited as it is very costly and fragile, which means we only have one shot. Building another one ...
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How could an engineer advance human civilization by time traveling to the past? [closed]

Earth in the near future (in 2081) is invaded by aliens who are just "a bit" more technologically advanced than humans. The war is not a one sided extermination of humans, but humans are about to lose ...
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Which modern firearm should a time traveler bring to be easily reproducible for a historic civilization?

Eureka! Our hero just discovered the secret of time travel, but what to do with it? "I know!", he says. "I will travel back in time as far as I can and hand them a modern firearm. They will learn how ...
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What does it actually mean to have two time dimensions?

The trivial answer is that it just means "you have two dimensions with inverted sign in your spacetime metric". But the perceptual result of that kind of choice doesn't actually look qualitatively ...
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Intragalactic velocity past the central black hole

In my story people are traveling from somewhere beyond the opposite side of the galaxy to Earth. The distance traveled is approximately 66 million light-years. I would like the travelers to ...
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Bootstrap paradox with a time machine in iron

I wonder if a time machine can be the cause of a bootstrap paradox? Background: Let's say one day I found in my room a portable time machine. I use this machine to travel to the future, where I ...
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Which languages would be most useful for time travelers to learn? [closed]

Title pretty much says it all. Which languages would be most useful to a time traveler?
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What would happen if we sent a modern computer into the past? [closed]

According to Moore's law, the number of transistors in an integrated circuit doubles about every two years. Therefore, a modern household computer has the computational capabilities of a supercomputer ...
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If you had a giant cutting disc 60 miles diameter and rotated it 1000 rps, would the edge be traveling faster than light? [closed]

As if there was a giant angle-grinder in space that slowly increased its speed. The question assumes that material exists to make this super-disk that doesn't rip apart. What happens as the edges ...
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At what point in European history could a government build a printing press given a basic description?

Say a time traveler ends up back in time and has earned the good graces of one of the nations' kings by sharing some of his future knowledge. Knowing that the printing press was an important ...
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The World is ending, but we have a time-machine [closed]

Let's say an event is occuring that within a short timeframe makes at least the entire solarsystem uninhabitable. However, in a global effort, scientists and engineers have developed a backwards time ...
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Would a US marine teleported in the Cretaceous be able to survive a T-rex attack [closed]

A US marine fighting in the Middle East inadvertently falls in a hole that happens to be a time portal and is teleported in the Cretaceous era, 70 million years in the past. Our Marine is equipped ...
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Solar cells in the Renaissance

An engineer goes back in time to attempt to rewrite history: since global warming has wiped out all but a few living species at his home timeline, he wants to prevent it without preventing an ...
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Can you mine bitcoins or other data a time loop? [closed]

You have your own time loop. For one day only: at midnight, if you choose, you can transport your mind back 24 hours and relive the day, but with all the memories you have gained. Nobody else will be ...
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Passing a message back in time

I have built a machine that I have connected to an ordinary desktop computer, which is in turn connected to the internet. When turned on, the machine isolates a pair of quantum-entangled particles; ...
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Speed of light, Motionlessness, and Time Travel [closed]

i want to ask something I quote from some web and got this : 'According to Einstein’s Special Relativity Theory, time is affected by speed. It’s already been proven in the lab that subatomic ...
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Non-causality-violating FTL travel. / Can omnipotence beat causality?

While building my sifi world I dug into ftl-travel and encountered these mean bullies, causality and relativity. They told me I can't have faster than light travel, because effect can't precede cause ...
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What historical events would have to change in order to make 19th century “steampunk” technology possible?

I know this is similar to this question but I'm not interested in suppressing 20th century tech to create 21st century steampunk, but in creating late 19th century steampunk with fantastic, Jules ...
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What steps are necessary to read a Modern SSD in Medieval Europe?

So the main team of characters is traveling back in time from "modern day" to medieval Europe, arriving around the 1300s. Assumptions: They Know they are going, they have space and time to prepare, ...
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Preventing the Big Bang

I travel back in time to the Big Bang in my time machine. I am equipped with all the present day equipment I need. I locate the infinitesimal 'point' where the Universe would come into existence and ...
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Why would an omniscient immortal needs to record history?

There is a powerful entity, omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent that came into existence since Big Bang. The entity do not interfere with the order of the nature but to observe it unwinds in the ...
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Forememory: What could prevent reiteration from working?

I use forememory instead of foresight, due to how the ability works. A cunning and creative person can remember five minutes into the future, and are smart enough to exploit it in any way possible. ...
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Time travel from stationary position?

This is my first question on this site, which I recently found and can’t get enough of. In many time travel scenarios, the machine is static in space. My question is how to explain this. For ...
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Could just a brilliant idea advance science by decades, or even centuries?

Inspired by this story, I started thinking. Let's say we have a person, from the modern day, who miraculously gets a superpower: He can rewind time, but retain his own memories. He can rewind all the ...
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If I travel back in time and do nothing, just being an observer, would that change the past?

This is how time travel in my question works: You go back to a certain point in time, physically, regardless of means. Be it a spaceship or a time machine. So you've reached to the past. You know ...
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I have two cellphones that are exactly the same, SIM card and all, and I make a call on one of them. What happens?

Say I had a cellphone, let's call it cellphone A, and made a perfect copy of it - SIM card and all - and let's call this one cellphone B. If I were to call someone on cellphone A, what exactly would ...
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How would a legal system deal with random groundhog day events? [closed]

I have seen similar questions about groundhog day but they were about either a single unique groundhog day or a permanent one. In this case, each day may or may not repeat. There are no limits so ...