Grandview Heights High School & The Oppenheimer Strain Experiment
THE OPPENHEIMER STRAIN
The Arrow of Time
One of the questions that the Grandview students had to deal with was based on the idea that time would contract and run backwards if the universe were to contract. This was an idea that Stephen Hawking had but later abandoned when mathematician Raymond LaFlamme showed him that that would not be possible. However, Hawking didn't believe LaFlamme until after LaFlamme proved it by running his equations through a computer.
Below is LaFlamme with Stephen Hawking at the Institute for Quantum Computing.
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The Universe As Its Own "Mother"
The other question that the students dealt with was the idea of the universe creating itself via a branch of it curling backwards in time and hooking up to where the universe began. This is a model promoted by Princeton physics professor J. Richard Gott and is featured on the cover of his book, Time Travel in Einstein's Universe.