If I were to build a time machine, it would have a very straightforward design. It would have a square base with four isosceles triangles as its walls. Its interior would be filled with a dense material of great mass such as granite or limestone. Despite our Hollywood inspired conditioned image of a time machine, my time machine would be void of any electronic gadgetry. Simply put, my time machine would resemble the Great Pyramid in Egypt. If we take an analytical view of my equation, Rainer’s Time Longevity Equation, we note that Time (T) is a factor of Distance (D), Mass (M), and the inverse of Energy (E).
Rainer’s Time Longevity Equation
T=√D2x M x 1/E
We can obviously travel forward in time by traveling on a very fast space ship (increased D). Our personal clock would slow to a near standstill while those residing on earth would continue to tick away. We could also freeze our bodies to nearly absolute zero, thus significantly reducing our basal metabolic rates (a decrease in E). Obviously, not the most comfortable experience imaginable. Lastly, we could build an enormous pyramid like structure with a very high mass (increase M). The inside chamber could be equipped with a ventilation chamber system to allow access to air and food. Sound familiar? The Great Pyramids of Egypt exactly match this description.
If we were to test our time machine by placing a five year old child in its chamber, an outsider gazing into the pyramid’s inner chamber would note that the child barely aged even after ten years. However, the child peering out of the pyramid would note that his observers on the outside of the pyramid would grow old quickly before his eyes. In addition, if the child wore a wrist watch, the time on his watch would be substantially behind the time on the outside of the pyramid once he emerged. The boy would have in fact traveled into the future. Time is relative and the pyramid has the capacity to alter time on its interior relative to its exterior due to its extremely large Mass (M).
An interesting modern day experiment would involve the use of extremely accurate atomic clocks. These clocks have the capacity to measure time within the thousands of milliseconds. Let’s assume that we synchronize the time for two atomic clocks on the exterior of the Great Pyramid. One of the atomic clocks would be placed in the innermost chamber of the Great Pyramid while the other atomic clock would be placed outside the pyramid. After one month or longer, the recorded time from the atomic clock retrieved from the interior of the great pyramid would be notably behind the atomic clock’s time on the exterior of the Great Pyramid. Hence, the pyramid served as a time machine, slowing time in its interior relative to time outside the pyramid.
Additionally, a second experiment could involve the life span of mice living in the interior of the Great Pyramid versus those living outside the pyramid. Mice living in the interior of the Great Pyramid would be noted to outlive mice living on the pyramid’s exterior given that water and food remain readily available.
Although modern physicists have noted that time slows near large masses, they have, and I believe incorrectly so, stated this phenomenon to be due to ‘gravitational red shift.’ I assert that large masses distort space which secondarily increases the Time variable. Furthermore, rapid forward movement (D) and energy (E) reduction also have a magnifying effect on Time (T).
The Great Pyramids are in fact time machines. Whether the pyramids possessed the capacity to hurl time travelers hundreds or thousands of years into the future remains to be seen. However, Egyptian Pharaohs may have used the pyramids to extend their life span i.e. a fountain of youth. Maybe the pyramids were used to buy time for those diagnosed with incurable cancers. In any event, there remains no reason why similar structures could not be used today for similar purposes.
Naturally, if we erected pyramids of greater height and significantly greater mass, the efficacy of our time machine would substantially improve.
Unfortunately, the price tag of our pyramid time machine would run into the trillions. If we elected to build a time machine on a budget, we could, in fact, try another approach. By burrowing underground we can capitalize on the mass of the earth and thus increase the mass (M) variable. Secondly, if we burrowed in an arctic region of the globe, we could also capitalize on the Energy reduction component (decrease E) of Rainer’s time longevity equation.
Hence, a time machine on a budget would be a chamber deep into the earth’s interior with the potential to reach subzero temperatures.
During World War II, German Nazis transported over 250,000 scientist and military staff and personnel to a region between 20 degrees East and 10 degrees West in Queen Maud Land in Antarctica. The Nazis named this Antarctic region Neuschwabenland.
Was Neuschwabenland modern man’s first attempt at building a time machine? Perhaps on second thought, does an Antarctica time machine already exist?