When Science Doesn't Meet Science Fiction: SciFi Time Travel Debunked

Monday, 16 June 2014 - 3:41PM
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Monday, 16 June 2014 - 3:41PM
When Science Doesn't Meet Science Fiction: SciFi Time Travel Debunked

What do 'Back to the Future,' 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure,' 'Groundhound Day,' Planet of the Apes, X-Men: Days of Future Past,' 'Edge of Tomorrow,' and 'Quantum Leap' all have in common?

 

That's right: Hilarious and ridiculous premises for time travel! Also unscientific apparently...

 

Screen Junkies decided to call in some experts to debunk the science (or lack thereof) behind the various types of time travel portrayed in some of our childhood favorites.

 

It turns out that driving 88 miles per hour speed through a "flux time capacitator" like Marty did in "Back to the Future" wouldn't do much other than give you a severe electrical shock, a strike of lightning could never generate enough energy to warp spacetime, and we neither have the technology nor the power to quantum leap. 

 

But probably most shocking by far is the fact that the phone-booth circuit time travel of Bill and Ted in the classic "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" is, from a scientist's perspective, "just a big 'NO.'"

 

Oh well, this doesn't change how awesome these movies are.  You can't have it all.   

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