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Time : a traveler's guide

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 includes numerous diagrams so readers have no trouble following along, computer code that lets us write simulations for various aspects of time travel, and an on-going science fiction tale featuring quirky characters who yearn to travel back in time to hear Chopin play in person
Print Book, English, 1998
Oxford University Press, New York, 1998
xviii, 285 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
9780195120424, 9780195130966, 0195120426, 0195130960
37156832
Preface ; The Relativity of Simultaneity ; Building an Einstein-Langevin Clock ; The Lorentz Transformation ; The Brain's Time Machine ; Here-Now and Elsewhere in Space-Time ; Three Important Rules for Time Travelers ; Your Space or Mine? ; How to Time Travel into the Future ; Future Shock ; Gravitational Time Dilation ; Tachyons. Cosmic Moment Lines. Transcendent Infinite Speeds ; Time Travel by Baloons and Strings ; Can John F. Kennedy Be Saved? ; Closed Timelike Curves in a Godelian Universe ; Wormhole Time Machines ; Adventures with Time ; Rotating Cylinders and the Possibility of Global Causality Violation ; Some Concluding Musings and Thoughts ; References ; Appendix 1: The Grand Internet Time-Travel Survey ; Appendix 2: Smorgesbord for Computer Junkies