SlipString Drive: String Theory, Gravity, and "Faster Than Light" Travel [NOOK Book]

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Overview

Written for amateur physicists, SlipString
Drive
takes you through the basics of
string and M-theories so that you can
embark on a "faster than light" voyage
without violating physics. By using gravity
waves to completely isolate volumes of
spacetime from the rest of the universe,
author Andrew L. Bender proposes a
method of travel-similar to going
through a wormhole-that could be
possible within fifty years. He also details
a unique engine design for producing the
gravity waves necessary to travel in such
a manner.


In SlipString Drive, Bender describes how
ships using this method of propulsion
would appear to those outside of the
ship's partially "gravitationally isolated"
region of space while maneuvering at
slow speeds. Bender also discusses
novel uses for such a vessel, such as
saving humanity from comets to
supernovae.


Bender also offers a "Membrane
Theory of Gravity." A modification of M-theory,
this new theory unifies all
forces, and predicts dark matter and
energy. It also theorizes how the
acceleration of our universe will change
over time, along with other predictions
that could prove modified M-theory
correct observationally-a feat no other
cosmologist has yet achieved. Finally,
Bender hypothesizes how the universe
will end, and how our descendants could
survive that fateful occurrence.


"Bender embarks with all the eagerness-if not the ringing clarity-of Brian Greene...

-A fertile physics funhouse for the highly curious and motivated lay reader." -Kirkus Discoveries


"Thoughtful, infectious, and mind-expanding ... a highly readable book which offers both a

theoretical refinement of M-theory and an important practical application with dramatic

implications for the future of intelligent life in the universe." -Theodore C. Nason, Ph.D., Physics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595851850
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/15/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 373,692
  • File size: 5 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2007

    Tomorrow's Physics Today

    SlipString Drive is a highly readable book which offers both a theoretical refinement of M-theory and an important practical application with dramatic implications for the future of intelligent life in the universe. Along the way, Bender takes the reader on a tour of the sexiest topics of modern physics: the early universe, the large-scale distribution of matter, black hole physics, quantum entanglement, the impact of human life with the ecosystem of the earth, UFOs, the Star Trek/Gene Roddenberry philosophy of life, and our ability to survive the death of the Sun through interstellar travel. Like many profound ideas in physics, Bender starts from a simple assumption and follows it to its logical conclusion. In this case, he asks what would happen if gravity were due to the curvature of our membrane caused by vibrating strings of matter. By framing the concept in terms of strings interacting with the membrane, he eliminates the need for ¿other¿ universes to theoretically explain the empirical effect of gravity, providing a more intellectually satisfying concept than the existing M-theory explanation which involves ¿disappearing¿ gravitons exiting our brane and permeating the bulk. Following recent theories of the early universe in which big bang can be understood as a collision between branes, Bender applies this membrane theory of gravity. The massive transfer of energy from the collision, he asserts, would give rise to enormous vibrating ripples in the membrane, which would in turn cause a rapid contraction of the brane followed by its expansion as the collision¿s waves dissipate throughout the brane over time. This explains the expansion of the universe, dark matter and dark energy as intrinsic properties of spacetime itself, and provides a means of testing the theory since as time goes on the energy of vibration of the membrane should be transferred to the expansion of the universe as those vibrations couple to strings and excite them. SlipString Drive, as its name suggests, also describes a novel form of propulsion based on the concept of gravity waves repelling matter by compressing spacetime. By generating gravity waves of sufficient magnitude which superpose constructively at points outside a ship, you should be able to repel spacetime sufficiently to 'pinch yourself off' from spacetime in an isolated ¿mini-universe¿ of your own. Now residing in your own spacetime, you would not be bound by laws pertaining to motion within the spacetime of the universe, since you are now isolated from it. This method of propulsion would theoretically be testable using existing matter (tungsten) though it would work best with exotic superheavy matter. From cover to cover, SlipString Drive is a conceptual romp ¿ a must read for anyone who has ever wondered ¿what if faster than light travel were possible¿ ¿ thoughtful, infectious, and mind-expanding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2007

    An Amazing Accomplishment

    Before reading this book, the only string theory I knew was what very little I saw on TV. This book not only brings you up to speed on string theory, but also proposes a change that could make string theory complete. After reading it a few times, the universe finally makes sense to me. By using descriptions you can 'see' in your head as well as illustrations to assist you, this book makes all the strange concepts of dark matter and dark energy understandable. I never understood why the laws of physics worked the way they do until I read this book. Bender's membrane theory of gravity explains the reasons behind the physics. While his chapter on membrane gravity isn't exactly light reading, it's probably as light as is humanly possible, considering the subject. It took me a couple readings, but I think I finally get it. Bender's theories about 'faster than light' travel are the best hope for us yet to be able to explore our universe. He describes many uses for his gravity wave propelled ships, many of which could save us from disaster. He even describes medical uses for the gravity waves created by his engine. Talk about the practical benefits of science - this could completely change medicine as we know it. Bender's descriptions of the workings of his engine are detailed and they make sense. I hope I'll see one working in my lifetime - I want to fly it! Some parts of the book can get a bit difficult at times, but it's mostly just one chapter that gave me the most difficulty. After digesting it for a while and then reading it again, I was able to understand how our and many other universes could be created from next to nothing. It's really amazing. If you have any interest in string theory, relativity, black holes, how the universe began and will end, and even in science fiction or space travel, than this book is for you. You can get by without knowing very much about physics or astronomy. If you're already a physics or string theory expert, than this book probably is not for you. However, even the experts should read this book, as it explains the entire universe, and until now, they haven't been able to put all the pieces together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2007

    An amazing accomplishment

    Before reading this book, the only string theory I knew was what very little I saw on TV. This book not only brings you up to speed on string theory, but also proposes a change that could make string theory complete. After reading it a few times, the universe finally makes sense to me. By using descriptions you can 'see' in your head as well as illustrations to assist you, this book makes all the strange concepts of dark matter and dark energy understandable. I never understood why the laws of physics worked the way they do until I read this book. Bender's membrane theory of gravity explains the reasons behind the physics. While his chapter on membrane gravity isn't exactly light reading, it's probably as light as is humanly possible, considering the subject. It took me a couple readings, but I think I finally get it. Bender's theories about 'faster than light' travel are the best hope for us yet to be able to explore our universe. He describes many uses for his gravity wave propelled ships, many of which could save us from disaster. He even describes medical uses for the gravity waves created by his engine. Talk about the practical benefits of science - this could completely change medicine as we know it. Bender's descriptions of the workings of his engine are detailed and they make sense. I hope I'll see one working in my lifetime - I want to fly it! Some parts of the book can get a bit difficult at times, but it's mostly just one chapter that gave me the most difficulty. After digesting it for a while and then reading it again, I was able to understand how our and many other universes could be created from next to nothing. It's really amazing. If you have any interest in string theory, relativity, black holes, how the universe began and will end, and even in science fiction or space travel, than this book is for you. You can get by without knowing very much about physics or astronomy. If you're already a physics or string theory expert, than this book probably is not for you. However, even the experts should read this book, as it explains the entire universe, and until now, they haven't been able to put all the pieces together.

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