The ability to send a space probe beyond the Voyager probes, through the interstellar medium and towards the distant stars, has long been the ambition of both the science fiction literature and a small community of advocates that have argued for a broader and deeper vision of space exploration that goes outside of our Solar System.
In the previous decades, much research has been conducted into the problem of interstellar flight, although little consideration has been given to intergalactic flight. In this paper, we discuss both. In particular, we discuss some intriguing observations from the fields of special and general relativity theory, cosmology and quantum mechanics to reach some philosophical conclusions about the nature of the Universe, and the role of human beings within it. In particular, the limitations of the speed of light, the vast scale of the Universe which appears to be unnecessarily large for our use, and the probabilistic nature of the quantum world. We seek to answer the questions:
(a) can we travel to the nearby stars?
(b) can we travel to other galaxies?
(c) is the purpose of the Universe merely to serve the perpetual astonishment of astronomers?
Finally, we consider the possibility of inter-dimensional flight external to our Universe, among a Multiverse or to a Hyperspace beyond.
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Reserve tickets at this website2020-02-25 19:00 2020-02-25 19:00 Europe/London The Philosophy of Starship Physics A lecture about the limitations of the universe on travel to other stars. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2020/02/25/the-philosophy-of-starship-physics-224499 British Interplanetary Society,27-29 South Lambeth Road,London,London
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