On October 1, 2004, Marlin Pohlman filed a patent application for a gravity distortion time machine based on the schematics and descriptions provided by everyone’s favorite alleged time traveler, John Titor.
The patent, titled “Method of gravity distortion and time displacement,” is described as follows:
“The present invention relates to the use of technical time displacement devices, which operate by the modification of gravitational fields. These drive systems do not depend on the emission of matter to create thrust to take advantage of time dilation, but rather create a change in the curvature of space-time, in accordance with general relativity. This allows travel across topologies by warping space-time, to produce a topology change from one spacelike boundary to the other in accordance with Geroch’s theorem (Geroch 1967)”
In his own words, Pohlman “reverse engineered” the information and diagrams that John Titor shared during his brief stint on various online forums from 2000-2001.
The application contains a rather lengthy description of various scientific ideas that would (he claims) allow the machine to work, including quite a lot on quintessence, a hypothetical form of dark energy.
I’m just going to nod quietly like I know what it all means and pass it on to you, dear reader. In fact, here’s another excerpt:
“The present invention is A method for the generation of a pseudo 2+1 dimensional anti-de Sitter space (DeDeo & Gott 2002) using two Kerr type positively charged rotating dilation singularities where one singularity is maintained as a axis of rotation or “reference” singularity, and the other “target” singularity is subjected to a differential electron flow so as to simultaneously pass above the photosphere of said singularity in its direction of rotation—prograde orbit—and contrary to its direction of rotation—retrograde orbit—to release a directed flow…
…of gravitons in a sinusoidal oscillation simulating a rotational effect of the “target” singularity around the axis of rotation provided by the “reference” singularity, resulting in the creation of timelike curves in a compact time-oriented manifold permitting topology change from one spacelike boundary to the other in accordance with Geroch’s theorem (Geroch 1967) which results in a method for the formation of G odel-type geodesically complete spacetime envelopes complete with closed timelike curves.”
Got all that?
Anyway, when the patent application was published (and it is just an application, by the way, not an official patent), there was quite a lot of speculation on conspiracy message boards that Pohlman himself was, in fact, the perpetrator of the John Titor legend.
Pohlman dismissed those claims, and honestly there’s no reason to believe he was affiliated with the story in any way; he said he just wanted to contribute something “truly unique” in the form of the patent.
However, Pohlman’s own time travel escapades have been put on hold, as he’s, well, currently serving a six-year sentence in an Oregon prison.
I tell you, some of the theatrics surrounding the John Titor story are more bizarre (and shockingly uncomfortable) than the idea of time travel itself.