• Question: Do you think you could make a TARDIS from doctor who, why and how :)

    Asked by darkwolf_56 to Andrew, Jade, Jessica, Kevin, Lynn on 23 Jun 2015.
    • Photo: Jess Wade

      Jess Wade answered on 23 Jun 2015:

      We can do clever tricks and bend light to make an invisible box- but time travel would be super complicated. The tardis moves through space and time iin crazy directions. Some super clever physicists wrote a paper called ‘Traversable Achronal Retrograde Domains In Spacetime’ (TARDIS) where they explain that we need to know an awful lot of difficult geometry to be able to move in all dimensions through our universe. It’s worth reading this: http://arxiv.org/abs/1310.7983. What you’ll need to know first, is that there is a new quantity in physics called ‘spacetime’., where we combine space and time. Then, the scientists describe how they would mvoe around in this new dimension.
      I don’t think we’ll be able to do it properly- I think it would be super hard to come back to where we left from!

    • Photo: Kevin Honeychurch

      Kevin Honeychurch answered on 23 Jun 2015:

      I thought that TARDIS stood for Time and Relative Dimensions in Space. This is what Dr. Who’s granddaughter explains in the first episode back in the 1960s. I think that this would very difficult to do, but if they can travel in time relative dimension should be easy.

    • Photo: Jade Owen

      Jade Owen answered on 24 Jun 2015:

      I wish I could make a tardis! But I only think Dr Who would be smart enough for that.

      (Though I do have a mini tardis – my friends gave me one when I became a doctor in chemistry! )

      If I had a real one I would travel though time and see the dinosaurs and see what they really looked like!