If we allow our speculations to run wild, we can easily come up with any number of scenarios, from time travel, to manipulation of space-time, to anti-gravity and even to inter-dimensional travel. Some German scientists have gone on record stating that the machine was designed to warp space-time and to allow the SS to travel backward through time, though since the majority of the world still speaks English, we can safely say that their plan didn’t work…or did it?
To anyone familiar with my work, you already know that I have a penchant for physics, cosmology and time travel, and I would like to put forth a theory of my own.
Dr. Brian Greene, author of The Fabric of the Cosmos, among others, has outlined a thought experiment, wherein one thinks of moments in time as slices of bread in a very long loaf. Each slice corresponds to the slice behind it and before it, but none other. If you walk along the loaf you can pluck out a slice from anywhere and that slice will be the present. All of the slices before it represent the future and all of the slices behind it are the past. This analogy specifies the direction of time’s arrow, and it is only the beginning of my theory.
Travelling forward along the loaf is easy enough, each day, each minute each second of our lives we are doing just that, moving forward through time. Moving backward however, proves to be difficult. The scientific barriers to backward time travel or retro-time travel notwithstanding there is a paradox which must first be overcome before anyone can change time’s arrow; it is the Grandfather Paradox.
The Grandfather Paradox says, quite simply, that one cannot travel into the past and kill one’s Grandfather. The reason seems obvious enough, if the traveller kills his Grandfather, his Father will never be born. Hence the traveller will never be born in order to grow up, discover time travel and go back to kill his Grandfather.
The same paradox exists for nearly anything you could imagine doing in the past, any changes that might be made, which could have an impact on the life of the traveller, would serve to make retro-time travel an impossibility.
There are though, a few ways around this paradox, and they might just relate to the Nazi Bell after all. First off, there is the idea that the past is unchangeable, so going back in time would have you living your life as you did originally during the time period in question, and were you to travel back beyond your own birth, you would cease to exist. Second and more important if not poignant, there is the idea that travelling backward through time has you travelling to a parallel time, or in line with the loaf of bread analogy above, an alternate loaf. You wouldn’t actually be travelling back to a previous slice of bread from the past; you would be travelling to a corresponding slice of bread in a different loaf.
If this were the case, any changes you made would then play out in an all new and distinct future, thus, if you murdered your grandfather in that time line, only the “you” who was indigenous to that timeline would suffer for it.
And this finally brings me back to the Nazi’s and their wunderwaffe, if one were to subscribe to the idea that the Nazi’s had succeeded in building a time machine, with the intent to travel backward in time, for the obvious peril of us all, one has first to consider the Grandfather Paradox. Might it be possible that SS scientists succeeded, and were transported via Die Glocke to an alternate past, and in that parallel timeline are ruling over all mankind?
The above is really a discussion of the quantum physics theory called Many-Worlds, wherein every conceivable timeline exists parallel to our own. It purports that every possible configuration of the universe exists and is equally as real as the one we inhabit.
So, did Nazi scientists develop and build a time machine? Your guess is as good as mine, though, I have heard reports that several top SS Officers and scientists disappeared without a trace just prior to the end of the war…