Time Travel and Warp Drives A Scientific Guide to Shortcuts Through Time and Space

ISBN-10: 022604548X

ISBN-13: 9780226045481

Edition: 2013

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Sci-fi makes it look so easy. Receive a distress call from Alpha Centauri? No problem: punch the warp drive and you're there in minutes. Facing a catastrophe that can't be averted? Just pop back in the timestream and stop it before it starts. But for those of us not lucky enough to live in a science-fictional universe, are these ideas merely flights of fancy—or could it really be possible to travel through time or take shortcuts between stars?Cutting-edge physics may not be able to answer those questions yet, but it does offer up some tantalizing possibilities. InTime Travel and Warp Drives, Allen Everett and Thomas A. Roman take readers on a clear, concise tour of our current understanding of the nature of time and space—and whether or not we might be able to bend them to our will. Using no math beyond high school algebra, the authors lay out an approachable explanation of Einstein's special relativity, then move through the fundamental differences between traveling forward and backward in time and the surprising theoretical connection between going back in time and traveling faster than the speed of light. They survey a variety of possible time machines and warp drives, including wormholes and warp bubbles, and, in a dizzyingly creative chapter, imagine the paradoxes that could plague a world where time travel was possible—killing your own grandfather is only one of them!Written with a light touch and an irrepressible love of the fun of sci-fi scenarios—but firmly rooted in the most up-to-date science,Time Travel and Warp Driveswill be a delightful discovery for any science buff or armchair chrononaut. 
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/9/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 278
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.55" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Time, Clocks, and Reference Frames
Lorentz Transformations and Special Relativity
The Light Cone
Forward Time Travel and the Twin "Paradox"
"Forward, into the Past"
The Arrow of Time
General Relativity: Curved Space and Warped Time
Wormholes and Warp Bubbles: Beating the Light Barrier and Possible Time Machines
Banana Peels and Parallel Worlds
"Don't Be So Negative": Exotic Matter
"To Boldly Go…"?
Cylinders and Strings
Epilogue
Derivation of the Galilean Velocity Transformations
Derivation of the Lorentz Transformations
Proof of the Invariance of the Spacetime Interval
Argument to Show the Orientation of the x',t' Axes Relative to the x,t Axes
Time Dilation via Light Clocks
Hawking's Theorem
Light Pipe in the Mallett Time Machine
Bibliography
Index
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