9780738206325

Cosmic Time Travel A Scientific Odyssey

by
  • ISBN13:

    9780738206325

  • ISBN10:

    0738206326

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-11-02
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Purchase Benefits
  • Free Shipping Icon Free Shipping On Orders Over $35!
    Your order must be $35 or more to qualify for free economy shipping. Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace items, eBooks and apparel do not qualify for this offer.
  • eCampus.com Logo Get Rewarded for Ordering Your Textbooks! Enroll Now
List Price: $22.99 Save up to $0.69
  • Buy New
    $22.30

    PRINT ON DEMAND: 2-4 WEEKS. THIS ITEM CANNOT BE CANCELLED OR RETURNED.

Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?

Summary

The renowned scientific writer Dr. Barry Parker stirs our secret yearnings--this time to revisit the past or travel far into the future--as he takes us on a thrilling ride through space and time. Since Einstein's discovery of the Special Theory of Relativity, which proved that time is not absolute, the imaginative scribblings of science fiction writers took on a new meaning.

Author Biography

Barry Parker, Ph.D, is an award-winning science writer and the author of eleven highly acclaimed books in popular science, including Alien Life, Cosmic Time Travel, Einstein's Dream, and Einstein's Brainchild.

Table of Contents

Introduction
1(12)
Einstein and the Elasticity of Time
13(28)
Einstein: The Man
18(9)
The Discovery of Time Dilation
27(6)
Relativistic Time Travel and the Twin Paradox
33(2)
Four-dimensional Space-time
35(6)
Space That Bends and Twists
41(24)
What Is Space?
41(2)
The Geometry of Space
43(1)
Gauss
44(4)
Bolyai, Lobachevski, and Hyperbolic Geometry
48(3)
Riemann and Elliptical Geometry
51(4)
Extension to the Fourth Dimension
55(3)
Hyperspace Time Travel
58(2)
Global and Local Curved Space
60(2)
Other Universes
62(3)
Taming the Curvature
65(22)
Zurich
71(1)
To Prague
72(2)
Collaboration with Grossman
74(3)
Other Gravitational Theories
77(1)
To Berlin
78(2)
The Final Struggle
80(2)
Curved Space-time and Matter
82(3)
The Twin Paradox Resolved
85(2)
The Nature of Time and Space-time
87(16)
The ``Flow'' of Time
90(1)
Can Time be Reversed?
91(2)
Thermodynamics and the Arrow of Time
93(3)
Other Arrows of Time
96(3)
Universal Time
99(1)
Time at the Ends of Time
100(1)
Space and Time
101(2)
The Discovery of Space-time Tunnels
103(18)
The Acceptance of General Relativity
103(6)
The Schwarzschild Solution
109(8)
The Einstein--Rosen Bridge
117(2)
Kruskal Coordinates
119(1)
Details of the Wormhole
120(1)
Rips in the Fabric of Space: Black Holes
121(20)
The Invisible Pup
121(3)
Neutron Stars and Life Cycles
124(2)
Black Holes
126(4)
Properties of Black Holes
130(5)
Geometry of a Schwarzschild Black Hole
135(6)
Spinning Gateways
141(24)
The ``No Hair'' Theorem
143(3)
Primordial Black Holes
146(2)
Exploding Black Holes
148(6)
Details of Kerr Black Holes
154(2)
In Orbit Around a Kerr Black Hole
156(2)
A Trip into a Kerr Black Hole
158(3)
Other Types of Black Holes
161(4)
Searching For Time Tunnels
165(26)
Cyg X-1
167(6)
LMC X-3
173(5)
A0620-00
178(3)
SS 433
181(3)
Galactic Black Holes
184(3)
Is There a Black Hole in the Center of Our Galaxy?
187(1)
Why Are There So Few Black Hole Candidates?
188(3)
Journey into a Black Hole
191(24)
Journey into a Black Hole
192(10)
Fundamental Problems
202(3)
Tidal Forces
205(3)
Exits and White Holes
208(1)
Radiation Problems
209(1)
Causality Problems
210(3)
Wormholes
213(2)
Overcoming the Problems
215(24)
Sagan and Thorne
215(1)
Working Out the Details
216(3)
Exotic Matter
219(3)
Transforming the Wormhole into a Time Machine
222(4)
Other Methods of Making Time Machines
226(2)
Tipler's Time Machines
228(3)
Causality Revisited
231(1)
Friedman
232(1)
Building a Traversable Wormhole
233(2)
Quantum Gravity
235(4)
Wormholes and Other Universes
239(20)
Hawking's Workholes
239(3)
Controversy
242(3)
Other Universes
245(6)
Other Wormholes
251(2)
Trouble in Wormville
253(2)
Another Approach to Wormholes and Other Universes
255(4)
Advanced Civilizations and Time Travel
259(16)
Evidence for Other Solar Systems
259(3)
Statistical Evidence for Life
262(4)
Tipler's Views
266(2)
Large-Scale Radio Searches
268(2)
Supercivilizations
270(2)
Could an Advanced Civilization Build and Maintain a Wormhole?
272(1)
Networks of Wormholes
273(2)
Faster Then Light?
275(10)
Tachyons
276(1)
Properties of Tachyons
277(1)
Detecting Tachyons
278(1)
Do Tachyons Exist?
279(2)
Other Methods of Obtaining Superluminal Speeds
281(2)
The Quantum Connection
283(2)
Epilogue
285(4)
Glossary 289(8)
Bibliography 297(6)
Index 303

Rewards Program

Reviews for Cosmic Time Travel A Scientific Odyssey (9780738206325)