Anything that can go wrong, can or will go wrong
This is how Wikipedia quotes the law of Murphy’s Law. Christopher Nolan gave a new perspective to this epigram. A father who has devoted his life to science desperately trying to explain Murphy’s Law in a positive way to his kid daughter gives us a whole new meaning to the adage. Cooper, played by Matthew Mccgonaghey restates the law to his daughter which goes as ‘Whatever can happen, can or will happen’. Little did he imagine about what can or might happen to the future of string theory through his expedition through a black hole.
Time travel is not new to us. The anime Stein’s Gate gave bizarre meaning of time travel. It was a little hard to believe, yes. But we do not see ourselves building a time machine in the foreseeable future. Time travel machines, teleporting machines are some of the areas in quantum physics which need utmost understanding of string theory which even Dr. Sheldon Cooper failed to do so.
The episode ’43 Peculiarity’, Season six of The Big Bang Theory shows a hypothetical situation where Dr. Sheldon Cooper discovering a portal to communicate with other species of different dimensions. Now this made me wonder what exactly dimensions were. Where do dimensional spaces erupt from? Evolution is the answer. We are in a stage where we have evolved from single celled organisms living in single dimension space to multi celled organisms living in a three dimensional space. So if we were to evolve into much intelligent beings, maybe, there lies a faint possibility of us, humans creating a space of four or five dimensions.
If the three distance axis x,y and z are cover up three dimensions of a space, what could probably be a fourth dimension if there was one? Vivid scientific imagination tells us that if we do evolve to experience 4D space, variables such a time could be one of the dimensions. To explain this in a simpler way, we can move forward/backward, to the left/to the right or up/down (if not for gravity) in a three dimensional space we now live in. Now, if there was a fourth dimension such as time, i.e., if we lived in a room in which time was contained, we will be able to move forward and backwards in time, and eventually end up having an infinite space time. This is basically what we fantasize as time travel, walking up and down the time corridor as we please.
Instead of building a farfetched machine to achieve time travel, Chris Nolan has gone to explore the infinite probabilities present in the unreachable unexplored areas in space. Black holes and wormholes take us into a totally new dimension of infinity. I was under the impression that infinity could only be experienced through dreams. Nolan has proved me wrong.
Matthew Mccgonaghey, once quoted in the TV Show True Detective ‘Time is a flat circle’.
Till date, I have had debates in my head on what that phrase meant. I still haven’t reached a conclusion. I thought time was going in circles along the circumference, and that whatever has a beginning must eventually end. But this sci-fi movie cleared my wrong assumptions that time was not going in circles. Time was indeed a flat circle, but not as the endless loop. It was the whole area of a circle. Time is the whole circle. Maybe it meant what goes in has to come out at the other end, I have no idea. But it is worth pondering about. The ever present time travel paradox was also portrayed in a nice way. If Cooper had ‘Stayed’, there wouldn’t have been a future Cooper to make him stay in the first place. What must happen, must happen eventually. Murphy’s Law again. The only other incident I came across such flawless time paradox is the Time Turner in Harry Potter.
Let’s assume we did cross the time barrier and go on to a new dimension, what would drive us to evolve? Emotions. Something which automatically controlled probes lack. A human touch is needed in such cases because what drives us is the fear of death, fear of losing someone, fear of extinction of the human race. It is total fiction to actually communicate with others through time travel. But maybe, will it be possible through human emotions? Some things are a bit more than science. And such things are meant to stay a mystery to us.
Simple epigram, quantum physics, evolution, science fiction, time travel, infinity, time, philosophy of time, emotions. All of these were portrayed flawlessly in a 169 minute movie. There could have been other films with such deep thoughts, but no other film could have had a better outreach to common man like Nolan’s Interstellar. To a number of sleepless nights pondering over this film’s inner meanings,