Time A Traveler's Guide

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-09-23
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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"Bucky Fuller thought big," Wired magazine recently noted, "Arthur C. Clarke thinks big, but Cliff Pickover outdoes them both." In his newest book, Cliff Pickover outdoes even himself, probing a mystery that has baffled mystics, philosophers, and scientists throughout history--What is thenature of time? In Time: A Traveler's Guide, Pickover takes readers to the forefront of science as he illuminates the most mysterious phenomenon in the universe--time itself. Is time travel possible? Is time real? Does it flow in one direction only? Does it have a beginning and an end? What is eternity? Pickover'sbook offers a stimulating blend of Chopin, philosophy, Einstein, and modern physics, spiced with diverting side-trips to such topics as the history of clocks, the nature of free will, and the reason gold glitters. Numerous diagrams ensure readers will have no trouble following along. By the time we finish this book, we understand a wide variety of scientific concepts pertaining to time. And most important, we will understand that time travel is, indeed, possible.

Author Biography

Clifford A. Pickover is Research Staff Member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. An associate editor of several journals, prolific inventor, and puzzle columnist for magazines such as Discover, Pickover is the author of many bestselling books on popular science topics. He lives in Yorktown Heights, New York.

Table of Contents

Preludep. 2
The Relativity of Simultaneityp. 6
Building an Einstein-Langevin Clockp. 12
The Lorentz Transformationp. 24
The Brain's Time Machinep. 46
Here-Now and Elsewhere in Spacetimep. 62
Three Important Rules for Time Travelersp. 88
Your Space or Mine?p. 96
How to Time Travel into the Futurep. 106
Future Shockp. 122
Gravitational Time Dilationp. 130
Tachyons, Cosmic Moment Lines, Transcendent Infinite Speedsp. 138
Time Travel by Balloons and Stringsp. 160
Can John F. Kennedy Be Saved?p. 172
Closed Timelike Curves in a Godelian Universep. 182
Wormhole Time Machinep. 192
Adventures with Timep. 204
Rotating Cylinders and the Possibility of Global Causality Violationp. 220
Some Concluding Musings and Thoughtsp. 244
Notesp. 251
Referencesp. 261
The Grand Internet Time-Travel Surveyp. 265
Smorgasbord for Computer Junkiesp. 275
About the Authorp. 281
Indexp. 283
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