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Time travel : a history

Author: James Gleick
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Vintage books editionView all editions and formats
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Gleick's story begins at the turn of the twentieth century with the young H.G. Wells writing and rewriting the fantastic tale that became his first book, an international sensation, The Time Machine. A host of forces were converging to transmute the human understanding of time, some philosophical and some technological--the electric telegraph, the steam railroad, the discovery of buried civilizations, and the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Gleick
ISBN: 9780804168922 080416892X
OCLC Number: 1003532615
Description: 332 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Machine --
Fin de siècle --
Philosophers and pulps --
Ancient light --
By your bootstraps --
Arrow of time --
A river, a path, a maze --
Eternity --
Buried time --
Backward --
The paradoxes --
What is time? --
Our only boat --
Presently.
Responsibility: James Gleick.

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Gleick's story begins at the turn of the twentieth century with the young H.G. Wells writing and rewriting the fantastic tale that became his first book, an international sensation, The Time Machine. A host of forces were converging to transmute the human understanding of time, some philosophical and some technological--the electric telegraph, the steam railroad, the discovery of buried civilizations, and the perfection of clocks. Gleick tracks the evolution of time travel as an idea in the culture--from Marcel Proust to Doctor Who, from Woody Allen to Jorge Luis Borges. He explores the inevitable looping paradoxes and examines the porous boundary between pulp fiction and modern physics. Finally, he delves into a temporal shift that is unsettling our own moment: the instantaneous wired world, with its all-consuming present and vanishing future.

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