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The new time travelers : a journey to the frontiers of physics

Author: David M Toomey
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The story of physicists' quest to answer a mind-boggling question: How can we travel through time? Since H.G. Wellsʼs 1895 classic The Time Machine, readers of science fiction have puzzled over the paradoxes of time travel. But in the 1990s, a group of theoretical physicists at Caltech undertook a serious investigation of the possibility of pastward time travel and concluded that it might be possible, inspiring a
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David M Toomey
ISBN: 9780393060133 0393060136
OCLC Number: 86110036
Description: 391 pages, [4] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Prlogue --
ch. 1. Intimations of spacetime --
ch. 2. Einstein's radical idea --
ch. 3. "Unphysical" time machines --
ch. 4. Pastward time travel--
seriously --
ch. 5. Paradox --
ch. 6. Cosmic strings and chronology protection --
ch. 7. Novikov's wild ideas --
ch. 8. A time travel summit --
ch. 9. A parade of time machines --
ch. 10. Time travel in another kind of spacetime --
ch. 11. Explaining the apparent absence of time travelers --
ch. 12. Time machines at the ends of time --
Epilogue --
Notes --
Glossary --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: David Toomey.
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