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Re: Re: Re: starship-design: RE: Bugs again

In a message dated 10/15/98 2:03:31 AM, nlindber@u.washington.edu wrote:

>On Wed, 14 Oct 1998 KellySt@aol.com wrote:
>> In a message dated 10/14/98 6:27:35 PM, nlindber@u.washington.edu wrote:
>> >I have a question for the group.  Barring putting a science fiction writer
>> >in the engineering spaces of every starship, is a class III civilization
>> >even concievable?  Even if a society could scatter itself throughout the
>> >galaxy, the light barrier would prevent the kind of cultural cohesion
>> >required to keep them a unified "civilization" or even on the same
>> >evolutionary track.
>> >Best Regards,
>> >Nels Lindberg
>> Light speed is a wall to us, but more advance civilizations will use more
>> advanced physics.  Even now our physics no longer bars FTL, just doesn't
>> how to do it technically, or why it wouldn't cause nasty time paradoxes.
>> Kelly
>	Could you please explain how modern physical theory predicts FTL?
>I was under the impression that this was on the top of the list of things
>Not Allowed
>Best Regards

The Alberquen (sp) warp drive (see the NASA site WARP drive when?) is a design
for a warp drive by a physist of the same name.  (He realized the Star Trek
technobable actually made sence.  The ship isn't moving, it shoves a bubble of
space around the ship at hyper light speeds.  No relativity effects).

Certain quantum effects do work instently over measurable distences (hence
faster then light, thou most don't involve mass traveling).

Also Einstines equations don't say you can't go faster then light.  Then say
you can't go AT the speed of light.  How you get from slower then to faster
then is a big trick, but travel at eiather is 'legal'.

Good news: a lot of pysisist now see FTL and time travel as legal (thou if
they are possible a lot of the rest of physics could get run through a
blender).  Bad news, no one has a clue how to build a machine to do it.  (The
theories suggest power levels that would dwarf a stars output.)