Time Machines: Time Travel in Physics, Metaphysics, and Science Fiction

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Springer Science & Business Media, Apr 20, 2001 - Science - 628 pages
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"Here's a gem of a book...all peppered with delightful notes from science fiction films, novels, and comics. I can't turn a page without finding a jewel." Clifford Stoll, University of California, Berkeley, author of The Cuckoo's Egg "The research that has gone into this book is impressive." Nature "For professional physicists much of the value lies in the extensive technical appendices and footnotes, and the exhaustive list of references. But if, like me, you are a child at heart, the real fun lies in the zany stories and wild speculations." Physics World Time Machines explores the idea of time travel from the first account in English literature to the latest theories of physicists such as Kip Thorne and Igor Novikov. This very readable work covers a variety of topics including the history of time travel in fiction; the fundamental scientific concepts of time, spacetime, and the fourth dimension; the speculations of Einstein, Richard Feynman, Kurt Goedel, and others; time travel paradoxes, and much more.
 

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very thorough, detailed, rigorous description of time travel -- in both the physical world and in science fiction; amazing compendium of time travel in literature and media Read full review

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This is a spectacular book. Yes, it's hard. I didn't understand quite a lot of it. I hope to come back to it after reading some Feynman etc and see if I get more out of it. But even missing so much ... Read full review

Contents

An Overview of Time Travel l
1
Machineless Time Travel Without Dreams or Drugs
13
H G Wells Why His Time Machine Wont Work
22
Traveling to the Past
30
Some Problems
40
The Problem of Paradoxes
47
The Fictional Origins of Change the Past
54
Where Are All the Time Travelers?
66
The Philosophy and Physics of Reversed Time
220
Entropy as Times Arrow
227
Other Arrows of Time
236
Time Travel Paradoxes
245
Early Science Fiction Speculations
251
Can the Present Change the Past?
259
Changing the Past vs Affecting It
269
Why Cant a Time Traveler Kill His Grandfather?
285

Skepticism and Time Travelers
72
Einstein Godel and the Past
79
Quantum Mechanics Black Holes Singularities
85
Tiplers Time Machine
92
What Is Time?
98
Has the Past Been for Ever?
109
Time and Clocks
115
Monsters in Hyperspace
125
Time as the Fourth Dimension
140
Spacetime and the Fourth Dimension
148
Spacetime Omniscience and Free Will
161
Does the Future Already Exist? Is the Past
170
The Arrows of Time
179
Cause and Effect
185
Backward Causation
191
What Does Now Mean?
198
Irreversibility
205
Quantum Mechanics and Time Travel
294
Causal Loops
304
Sexual Paradoxes
319
Communication with the Past
327
Absorber Theory and Signaling to the Past
336
Tachyonic Signals Spooky Actions
342
Epilogue
355
Notes and References
367
Tech Notes
415
Spacetime Diagrams Light Cones Metrics
439
Proper Time Curved World Lines
459
Superluminal Speeds Backward Time Travel
475
Backward Time Travel According to Godel
489
Solving the Einstein Gravitational Field
527
Glossary of Important Terms and Concepts
545
Bibliographic Adieu
618
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