Ancient Origins takes a look a time travel from ancient mythology to modern science. Time travelling and time machines have been a topic of science fiction and countless movies for many decades. In fact, it appears that the possibility to travel in time, either into the future or into the past, has appealed to the imagination of mankind for centuries.
We can find a number of references to time travelling in ancient mythology. In Hindu mythology, King Raivata Kakudmi traveled to meet the creator Brahma. When Kakudmi returned to Earth, 108 yugas, about 4 million years, had passed on Earth.
Probably the most well-known story of accidental time travel is the Philadelphia experiment, which supposedly took place in 1943 when trying to make a ship invisible to enemies’ radar. However, it’s alleged the experiment went terribly wrong – the ship not only vanished completely from Philadelphia, but was teleported to Norfolk, Virginia, and went back in time for 10 seconds.
More recently, a real life Dr. Who named Ronald Lawrence Mallett, from the University of Connecticut, is working on the concept of time travel based on Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, and is absolutely convinced that time travel is feasible.