# Question Regarding Spacetime Coordinate Rotation in TIME: A TRAVELER'S GUIDE

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Question Regarding Spacetime Coordinate Rotation in TIME: A TRAVELER\'S GUIDE

Hi:

This is a question regarding a diagram in Clifford Pickover's book TIME: A TRAVELER'S GUIDE. If you don't have access to the book, it would be difficult for me to formulate the question such that you would know what I'm getting at. That being said...

In regard to Figure 11.1 (a spacetime diagram) in Chapter 11 of the book, Pickover indirectly describes what would happen if x' and t' (i.e., the "Alligator's Jaws")) were to rotate counterclockwise and clockwise, respectively, towards the 45-degree line. However, he doesn't seem to discuss what would happen if they were to rotate PAST the 45-degree line (i.e., if x' were to pass from 45 degrees to 90 degrees and if t' were to pass from 45 degrees to 0 degrees). So, what WOULD happen?

Also, he indirectly says that when x' and t' are both at 45 degrees, and the moving system is moving at the speed of light, time and space in the moving system have united and are indistinguishable. What's this supposed to mean? What would it feel like (i.e., if I was inside a spaceship moving at the speed of light, and I took a step forward inside the ship would I "go back in time" or something)? Also, couldn't it be argued that WE'RE always in a system that is moving at the speed of light relative to SOMETHING else (i.e., cosmic rays), despite the fact that time and space don't seem indistinguishable to us?

Thanks for any help!

RE: Question Regarding Spacetime Coordinate Rotation in TIME: A TRAVELER\'S GUIDE

>Hi:
>
>This is a question regarding a
>diagram in Clifford Pickover's book
>TIME: A TRAVELER'S GUIDE.
>If you don't have access
>to the book, it would
>be difficult for me to
>formulate the question such that
>you would know what I'm
>getting at. That being
>said...
>
>In regard to Figure 11.1 (a
>spacetime diagram) in Chapter 11
>of the book, Pickover indirectly
>describes what would happen if
>x' and t' (i.e., the
>"Alligator's Jaws")) were to rotate
>counterclockwise and clockwise, respectively, towards
>the 45-degree line. However,
>he doesn't seem to discuss
>what would happen if they
>were to rotate PAST the
>45-degree line (i.e., if x'
>were to pass from 45
>degrees to 90 degrees and
>if t' were to pass
>from 45 degrees to 0
>degrees). So, what WOULD
>happen?
>
>Also, he indirectly says that when
>x' and t' are both
>at 45 degrees, and the
>moving system is moving at
>the speed of light, time
>and space in the moving
>system have united and are
>indistinguishable. What's this supposed
>to mean? What would
>it feel like (i.e., if
>I was inside a spaceship
>moving at the speed of
>light, and I took a
>step forward inside the ship
>would I "go back in
>time" or something)? Also,
>couldn't it be argued that
>WE'RE always in a system
>that is moving at the
>speed of light relative to
>SOMETHING else (i.e., cosmic rays),
>despite the fact that time
>and space don't seem indistinguishable
>to us?
>
>Thanks for any help!

on a spacetime chart, when you reach the speed of light you are moving at a 45 degree angle...halfway space, half way time. you cannot theoretically go faster than this. what that actually means is that if you take say 1000 sheets of paper and stack them one on top of the next and take each one to equal a single moment of spacetime... starting with a dot on the bottom page...the furthest this dot can travel in any direction will be within a circle that makes a 45 degree angled cone from the bottom page to the top page. the circle will gradually get larger for each page up...but never more than a 45 degree angle from top to bottom.
~~~\./~~~~ you can plot the distance travelled by using basic geometry a triangle will exist from the bottom page to the top page where the longest side will be at a 45 degree angle from the bottom starting point to the furthest distance travelled on the very top page.

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