Apr 30, 2017 08:15 AM EDT

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An instructor from UBC believes that time travel is possible with the aid of math. Through a mathematical model, a viable time machine can be created.

Phys reported that a UBC researcher and instructor Ben Tippett believes that with the use of math, his mathematical model to create a time machine is possible. Tippett is a physics and mathematics instructor from UBC's Okanagan campus who published his recent study on time travel.

Tippett is the expert on the theory of general relativity of Albert Einstein which studies science fiction and black holes. Using this theory along with math principles and physics, he formulated a procedure that pertains to time travel. Tippett said, "People think of time travel as fiction, but mathematically, it is possible."

According to the University of British Columbia, the first time people become interested in time travel is when H.G. Wells published his book of "Time Machine" in 1885. Since then, the scientist has been curious to solve whether the theory is possible or not.

With math, physics and the theory of general relativity from Albert Einstein, Tippett's model is getting it close to time travel. Tippett stated that dividing space into three dimensions with time separating the dimensions is not correct, but there should be four dimensions to be imagined simultaneously. It is in this four dimensions wherein different direction are connected forming a space-time continuum.

However, even though Einstein's theory explains the possibility of time travel using a mathematical model, it is still doubtful even for Tippett himself that there would be no machine to work. His research created the model of Traversable Acausal Retrograde Domain in Space-Time or TARDIS where he suggests the use of a machine for time travel to fulfill the idea.

Unfortunately, while the mathematical equation for time travel is already conceptualized, it is not yet possible to build a space-time machine for the materials needed are exotic matters. "Studying space-time is both fascinating and problematic and it's also a fun way to use math and physics together," Tippett said.

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