Time: A Traveler's Guide

Time: A Traveler's Guide

by Clifford A. Pickover
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195130960

ISBN-13: 9780195130966

Pub. Date: 09/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

"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 the nature of time?
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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 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? Pickover's book 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195130966
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Prelude2
1The Relativity of Simultaneity6
2Building an Einstein-Langevin Clock12
3The Lorentz Transformation24
4The Brain's Time Machine46
5Here-Now and Elsewhere in Spacetime62
6Three Important Rules for Time Travelers88
7Your Space or Mine?96
8How to Time Travel into the Future106
9Future Shock122
10Gravitational Time Dilation130
11Tachyons, Cosmic Moment Lines, Transcendent Infinite Speeds138
12Time Travel by Balloons and Strings160
13Can John F. Kennedy Be Saved?172
14Closed Timelike Curves in a Godelian Universe182
15Wormhole Time Machine192
16Adventures with Time204
17Rotating Cylinders and the Possibility of Global Causality Violation220
18Some Concluding Musings and Thoughts244
Notes251
References261
Appendix 1The Grand Internet Time-Travel Survey265
Appendix 2Smorgasbord for Computer Junkies275
About the Author281
Index283

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