Time: A Traveler's Guide

Time: A Traveler's Guide

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In Time: A Traveler's Guide, Clifford A. Pickover 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 physicists would agree that time is one of the strangest properties of our universe. This book allows readers to travel through time and space, and they needn't be experts in physics. By the time readers finish this book they will 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, Godel universes, closed timelike curves, and Tipler cylinders. This book is a resource for science fiction writers and readers, a playground for computer hobbyists, an adventure and education for beginning students in physics or philosophy.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 408.23g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 1 halftone, 74 line figures
  • 0195130960
  • 9780195130966
  • 599,305

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the irrepressible and prolific Clifford Pickover gives us Time: A Traveler's Guide. He romps joyously through at least four perfectly respectable scientific routes to time travel: relativity, particle physics, quantum mechanics and psychology. * New Scientist *show more

About Clifford A. Pickover

Clifford A. Pickover is a Research Staff Member at the IBM Watson Research Center.show more

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 Junkiesshow more

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