Time: A Traveler's Guide

Time: A Traveler's Guide

by Clifford A. Pickover
     
 

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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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Overview


"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.

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 xii
Prelude 2(4)
1 The Relativity of Simultaneity
6(6)
2 Building an Einstein-Langevin Clock
12(12)
3 The Lorentz Transformation
24(22)
4 The Brain's Time Machine
46(16)
5 Here-Now and Elsewhere in Spacetime
62(26)
6 Three Important Rules for Time Travelers
88(8)
7 Your Space or Mine?
96(10)
8 How to Time Travel into the Future
106(16)
9 Future Shock
122(8)
10 Gravitational Time Dilation
130(8)
11 Tachyons, Cosmic Moment Lines, Transcendent Infinite Speeds
138(22)
12 Time Travel by Balloons and Strings
160(12)
13 Can John F. Kennedy Be Saved?
172(10)
14 Closed Timelike Curves in a Godelian Universe
182(10)
15 Wormhole Time Machine
192(12)
16 Adventures with Time
204(16)
17 Rotating Cylinders and the Possibility of Global Causality Violation
220(24)
18 Some Concluding Musings and Thoughts
244(7)
Notes 251(10)
References 261(4)
Appendix 1 The Grand Internet Time-Travel Survey 265(10)
Appendix 2 Smorgasbord for Computer Junkies 275(6)
About the Author 281(2)
Index 283

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