Today, I'm pondering the questions

posted by Jason Kottke Dec 29, 1999

Today, I'm pondering the questions concerning the very nature of the Universe.

The most important question concerning this matter is: Who is Jeff Veen? My colleague over at mouser.org has it narrowed down to Vanilla Ice, Richard Branson, the lead singer from Metallica, or John Tesh. Personally, I think Jeff Veen is Jeff Veen, interface guru for Wired Digital (now part of Lycos) and all-around nifty guy.

I've also been thinking a little bit about time travel and how it could be possible. Bear with me for a bit here.

If it were possible to know the exact location and velocity of every particle in the Universe (I know you can't because of the Heisenberg Uncertainly Principle, among other things) along with how those particles behave, you could then extrapolate the positions of everything in the Universe at every moment in the Universe's existence, effectively "seeing" what has happened in the past and what will happen in the future.

Let's say there's a huge mirror pointed in our direction located about 300 light years from Earth. If we had a sufficiently powerful telescope, we could aim it at this mirror, see the Earth as it appeared in 1399 A.D. (600 years having passed from the time that light left Earth, travelled the 300 light years to the mirror, and then the 300 light years back), and subsequently watch the Renaissance unfold.