Time : A Traveller's Guide
In this text, the author strives to answer the most challenging questions scientists and philosophers ask. What is time? Is time travel possible? Is time real? Does it flow in one direction only? Does it have a beginning or an end? What is eternity? For centuries, these questions have intrigued mystics, philosophers and scientists. Today many physicists consider time one of the strangest properties of our universe. This book seeks to allow readers to travel through time and space without expert knowledge of physics - helping them understand such seemingly arcane concepts as space-time diagrams, light cones, time machines, cosmic moment lines, transcendent infinite speeds, Lorentz transformations, causal linkages, superliminal and ultraliminal motions, Minkowskian space-times, G model universes, closed timelike curves and Tipler cylinders.
- Hardback | 304 pages
- 157.48 x 236.22 x 25.4mm | 589.67g
- 20 Aug 1998
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
- 1 halftone, 74 line figures, bibliography
Table of contents
Preface. The Relativity of Simultaneity. Building an Einstein-Langevin Clock. The Lorentz Transformation. The Brain's Time Machine. Here-Now and Elsewhere in Space-Time. Three Important Rules for Time Travelers. Your Space or Mine?. How to Time Travel into the Future. Future Shock. Gravitational Time Dilation. Tachyons. Cosmic Moment Lines. Transcendent Infinite Speeds. Time Travel by Baloons and Strings. Can John F. Kennedy Be Saved?. Closed Timelike Curves in a Godelian Universe. Wormhole Time Machines. Adventures with Time. Rotating Cylinders and the Possibility of Global Causality Violation. Some Concluding Musings and Thoughts. References. Appendix 1: The Grand Internet Time-Travel Survey. Appendix 2: Smorgesbord for Computer Junkies
About Clifford A. Pickover
Clifford A. Pickover is Research Staff Member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. The lead writer for the brain-boggler column in Discover magazine, Pickover is the author of many bestselling books on popular science topics. He lives in Yorktown Heights, New York.