Time A Traveler's Guide

ISBN-10: 0195130960
ISBN-13: 9780195130966
Edition: 1999
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/23/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

"Bucky Fuller thought big," Wired magazine recently noted, "Arthur C. Clarke thinks big, but Cliff Pickover outdoes them both." And now, in his newest book, Cliff Pickover outdoes even himself, probing a mystery that has baffled mystics, philosophers, and scientists throughout history--What is the nature 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? These are questions that Pickover tackles in this 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. Pickover includes numerous diagrams so readers have no trouble following along, computer code that lets us write simulations for various aspects of time travel, and an on-going science fiction tale featuring quirky characters who yearn to travel back in time to hear Chopin play in person. By the time we finish this book, we understand such seemingly arcane concepts as space-time diagrams, light cones, cosmic moment lines, transcendent infinite speeds, Lorentz transformations, superluminal and ultraluminal motions, ninkowskian space-times, Godel universes, closed timelike curves, and Tipler cylinders. And most important, we will understand that time travel need not be confined to myth, science fiction, Hollywood fantasies, or scientific speculation. Time travel, we will realize, is possible.

Preface
Prelude
The Relativity of Simultaneity
Building an Einstein-Langevin Clock
The Lorentz Transformation
The Brain's Time Machine
Here-Now and Elsewhere in Spacetime
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 Balloons and Strings
Can John F. Kennedy Be Saved?
Closed Timelike Curves in a Godelian Universe
Wormhole Time Machine
Adventures with Time
Rotating Cylinders and the Possibility of Global Causality Violation
Some Concluding Musings and Thoughts
Notes
References
The Grand Internet Time-Travel Survey
Smorgasbord for Computer Junkies
About the Author
Index

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