Physics and Steins;Gate: some initial impressions

At first glance, people may be very mistaken about Steins;Gate. After all, it has a 3:1 ratio of ladies to men (considering that Ruka’s actuations are heavily feminine despite her sex). I’ve been among those people who have prejudged the series to be little more than fluff, as I have read about what happened to Chaos;Head. I didn’t expect anything, and I still don’t, despite countless reviews and ratings probably proving me otherwise.

I have to see and adjudge for myself before jumping to conclusions, after all. I knew it was something quite palpably good even when I followed its earlier episodes as they aired because they held the technical aspects of the show in high accord. While the physics is of course, lacking, what was presented in the show was not incorrect, at least based on my previous physics subjects. Time travel is, at this point, a parascience rather than a true science, and Kurisu’s objections were not unfounded.

Yes, please be my professor.

I may be wrong, however, seeing that it’s been years since my last physics subject. Credit must, however, be given to the show because of its attention to detail: case in point would be the possibility of time travel is black holes could be synthesized at will. While I can’t present the specific publication, I have read about that in the past. The problem with this hypothesis is that, of course, black holes can’t be made perfunctorily: they can’t be made from out of the blue. It’s these small things that heighten my enjoyment of the show alongside the highly attractive Kurisu Makise.

I was also impressed with the commentary of Titor (and seemingly the enactment of time travel in the series) on how people could actually meet themselves in the past because the one coming from the future is actually on a different world line. It somehow reminded me of the Schrodinger’s Cat phenomenon, that one can never really know whether the cat is alive or dead in the different universes unless one opens the sealed pillbox. Since I’m not knowledgeable at quantum physics, I hope people can explain this idea to me.

On a tangential note, I loved the idea of time-travel that The Prestige held: there was something symbolic in Hugh Jackman’s character killing his clone just to execute his trick well. His teleportation came at the cost of his soul.

I may write about characters who have situations oddly similar to Okarin’s. Seeing that I’m just in the earlier parts, that will have to wait until later on. 🙂

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One Response to “Physics and Steins;Gate: some initial impressions”

  1. Taka Says:

    See the thing with the time travel and Titor in particular, it’s based off a real occurrence. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Titor

    In that way you can think of the physics of the series as if John Titor’s assertions and predictions were actually correct.

    The Schroedinger’s Cat scenario you described is the many-worlds interpretation that allows for multiple dimensions such that the cat is both alive and dead but in separate non-interacting dimensions. Describing what Schroedinger was trying to illustrate is difficult. At the most basic he is describing a situation in which the state of a particle has been set (cat in a box with a radioactive isotope) but the results of the experiment are different (the cat lives or dies). Which is something that is observed when two particles with the same state are separated; their positions, momentum, spin are in an indefinite state. (They are actually described in terms of probabilities)

    That’s how I understand it anyway.

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