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Time : A Traveler's Guide - Clifford A. Pickover


A Traveler's Guide

Paperback Published: 1st January 2000
ISBN: 9780195130966
Number Of Pages: 304

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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.

Industry Reviews

"Pickover...stretches the limits of computers, art, and thought."--Los Angeles Times "Only Clifford Pickover would think of mixing time travel and music. Gripping, clear -- this book could well be his best yet! A must buy for all wannabe time travelers."-- Ian Stewart, Scientific American "The irrepressible and prolific Clifford Pickover... romps joyously through at least four perfectly respectable scientific routes to time travel: relatively, particle physics, quantum mechanics and psychology."--New Scientist "How to travel through time is no simple matter, nor is explaining it, but Pickover rises to the challenge in many ways....The imaginative and humorous approach makes a difficult subject palatable."--Publishers Weekly "An entertaining introduction to modern scientific principles for bright students as well as adults."--Kirkus Reviews "If you thought time travel was just for science fiction nuts, think again. As Pickover demonstrates, time travel is not the stuff of Asimovion dreams, it being theoretically possible. Of course, how to travel through time is no simiple matter, nor is explaining it, but Pickover rises to the challenge in many ways. Witty and profound quotations--from Einstein to Woody Allen--about time and our relationship to it are liberally scattered throughout.... The imaginative and humorous approach makes a difficult subject palatable--and gives a plug for Chopin at the same time."--Publishers Weekly "It is impossible to read Clifford Pickover's latest book without learning a great deal about modern physics, and at the same time being overwhelmed by the impenetrable mystery of time and its role in those other two dark mysteries, consciousness and free will. As always, the author's pages are exciting, entertaining, and a delight to read."--Martin Gardner "Cliff Pickover explores most aspects of the implausible prospects of practical time travel. If not a visitor from the future, he's at least a man ahead of his time."--Julien Clinton Sprott, Professor Physics, University of Wisconsin "The arrow of time and our understanding of it defines much of our humanity, Whether it be correcting past mistakes, regaining lost youth, or learning what comes next, everyone years to overcome the consequences of time. Traveling through time creates enormous paradoxes, but modern physical theories do not eliminate the possibility. In this book, Clifford Pickover presents those theories in layman's terms. To understand time is to know the ambitions of humans, something Pickover excels at."--Charles Ashbacher, Book Reviews Editor, Journal of Recreational Mathematics "Only Clifford Pickover would think of mixing time travel and music. Gripping, clear-- this book could well be his best yet! A must buy for all wannabe time travelers."--Ian Stewart, Scientific American "Time: A Traveler's Guide is certain to shed new light, raise new questions, and make your mind reel over the ancient and illusive concept of time."--Theoni Pappas, author of The Joy of Mathematics and The Mathematics Calendar "H.G. Wells, call your office! Pickover has stolen your time machine.... He moves the concept of time travel out of wild fantasy into scientific possibility. In an entertaining dialogue between imaginary characters from the twenty-first century, he draws out the imaginative and scientific implications of a technology that would allow us to tunnel back into the past or catapult into the future.... The intellectual daring of this book guarantees it a sizable readership."--Booklist

Preludep. 2
The Relativity of Simultaneityp. 6
Building an Einstein-Langevin Clockp. 12
The Lorentz Transformationp. 24
The Brain's Time Machinep. 46
Here-Now and Elsewhere in Spacetimep. 62
Three Important Rules for Time Travelersp. 88
Your Space or Mine?p. 96
How to Time Travel into the Futurep. 106
Future Shockp. 122
Gravitational Time Dilationp. 130
Tachyons, Cosmic Moment Lines, Transcendent Infinite Speedsp. 138
Time Travel by Balloons and Stringsp. 160
Can John F. Kennedy Be Saved?p. 172
Closed Timelike Curves in a Godelian Universep. 182
Wormhole Time Machinep. 192
Adventures with Timep. 204
Rotating Cylinders and the Possibility of Global Causality Violationp. 220
Some Concluding Musings and Thoughtsp. 244
Notesp. 251
Referencesp. 261
The Grand Internet Time-Travel Surveyp. 265
Smorgasbord for Computer Junkiesp. 275
About the Authorp. 281
Indexp. 283
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780195130966
ISBN-10: 0195130960
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st January 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.27 x 15.44  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.43

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