The Future of Spacetime

The Future of Spacetime

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by Stephen Hawking, Kip S. Thorne, Igor Novikov, Timothy Ferris
     
 

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Where the science of black holes, gravitational waves, and time travel will likely lead us, as reported by spacetime's most important theoreticians and observers.
Our minds tell us that some things in the universe must be true. The New Physics tells us that they are not, and in the process, blurs the line between science and science fiction. Here are six

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Where the science of black holes, gravitational waves, and time travel will likely lead us, as reported by spacetime's most important theoreticians and observers.
Our minds tell us that some things in the universe must be true. The New Physics tells us that they are not, and in the process, blurs the line between science and science fiction. Here are six accessible essays by those who walk that line, moving ever further out in discovering the patterns of nature, aimed at readers who share their fascination with the deepest mysteries of the universe.
• Richard Price: "An Introduction to Spacetime Physics"
• Stephen Hawking: "Chronology Protection"
• Igor Novikov: "Can We Change the Past?"
• Kip S. Thorne: "Speculations about the Future"
• Timothy Ferris: "On the Popularization of Science"
• Alan Lightman: "The Physicist as Novelist"

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Scientific American
“This is story making that lifts the human spirit out of our sometimes petty terrestrial concerns and places us among the stars.”
Price (theoretical physics, U. of Utah) introduces five essays based on popular talks given on June 3, 2000 honoring California Institute of Technology physicist Kip Thorne. Novikov, Hawking, Thorne, Ferris, and Lightman speculate about time travel, trends in linking quantum theory with relativity, and popularizing science in fact and fiction. Includes explanatory figures, photos, and a glossary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393324464
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/19/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
220
Sales rank:
646,596
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

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