April 10, 2016
Alcubierre, Andromeda, black holes, Cox, Einstein, Forshaw, geodesics, gravitational lensing, Hawkins, light, light clock, Mathematics, Minkowski, spacetime, spatial dilation, Special Relativity, superluminal travel , time Dilation, twins
This thesis seeks to demolish any ideas concerning the possibility of reaching far distant stars within a human lifetime; showing that such fallacies are founded on faulty thinking. I demonstrate why this tempting idea is sadly not at all a possibility. The ambitious explanations for the possibility of tampering with the passage of time and with making malleable spatial distance are rooted in Einstein's Special Relativity. They involve manipulating the model of spacetime and the exploiting of questionable time and space dilation. I examine these claims and find fault with several premises and with the many experiments on which these assertions are based, maintaining that erroneous arguments have been accepted as a certainty for this conjecture.