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Novikov self-consistency principle

  1. Apr 27, 2008 #1
    OK I have a quick question sorry not a physicist but have been reading up on it. Now they use the example below:

    After considering the problem, two students at Caltech (where Thorne taught), Fernando Echeverria and Gunnar Klinkhammer, were able to find a solution beginning with the original billiard ball trajectory proposed by Polchinski which managed to avoid any inconsistencies. In this situation, the billiard ball emerges from the future at a different angle than the one used to generate the paradox, and delivers its younger self a glancing blow instead of knocking it completely away from the wormhole, a blow which changes its trajectory in just the right way so that it will travel back in time with the angle required to deliver its younger self this glancing blow. Echeverria and Klinkhammer actually found that there was more than one self-consistent solution, with slightly different angles for the glancing blow in each case. Later analysis by Thorne and Robert Forward showed that for certain initial trajectories of the billiard ball, there could actually be an infinite number of self-consistent solutions.

    But would there not be some sort of reaction between the future and past objects when they come into contact, like an explosion???

    Anyone know or can point me in the right direction???

    thanks in advance.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2008
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  3. Apr 28, 2008 #2


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    This thread should be moved to general relativity.
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