Many science-fiction stories have been based around the concept of time travel, a self explanatory .
subject that we have all probably dreamed of since our youth. The power to roam over time unrestricted can allow .
us to travel far into the past and see the births of eras that could answer the questions that have left us stupified .
for ages, and travel far into the future to see the destiny that does await us. Whatever helpful uses can be thought .
of for this also dangerous power are left as unattainable ideas--for now. Innovations in physics over the past 50 .
years have kept bringing us closer to making time travel a reality, as theories and methods point towards solutions .
The idea of traveling through time was not first thought of by a physicist, but by a philosopher. Ancient .
Greek philosophy centered around the untouchable and mystical concept of time. In truth of analysis, most .
philosophies and religions have concepts centered around time. It has been an eternal force that we still cannot .
change, but always have wondered about. The philosopher and poet, Angelus Silesius, in the sixth century B.C. .
wrote the following passage, telling us his thoughts that perhaps time isn't an absolute power so beyond us:.
Time is of your own making;.
its clock ticks in your head.
The moment you stop thought.
time too stops dead. .
The idea of time travel was never given so much attention until 1895, with the debut of H.G. Wells' .
incredible novel, The Time Machine. His popular book sold so well, and has sold so well over the past century, .
that it has never gone out of print. Not many books a century old stay in print continuously. Even still the story is .
popular enough that a few years ago a movie was made based on The Time Machine. When the book was written, .
while the industrial revolution continued to dramatically change the world by creating machines that labor more .
efficiently than humans, the idea of a time machine to travel through time was appealing.