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Time Travel and Warp Drives : A Scientific Guide to Shortcuts through Time and Space
Sci-fi makes it look so easy. Receive a distress call from Alpha Centauri No problem: punch the warp drive and you're there in minutes. Facing a catastrophe that can't be averted Just pop back in the time stream and stop it before it starts. But for those of us not lucky enough to live in a science-fictional universe, are these ideas merely flights of fancy-or could it really be possible to travel through time or take shortcuts between stars Cutting-edge physics may not be able to answer those questions yet, but it does offer up some tantalizing possibilities. In Time Travel and Warp Drives Allen Everett and Thomas A. Roman take readers on a clear, concise tour of our current understanding of the nature of time and space-and whether or not we might be able to bend them to our will. Using no math beyond high school algebra, the authors lay out an approachable explanation of Einstein's special relativity, then move through the fundamental differences between traveling forward and backward in time and the surprising theoretical connection between going back in time and traveling faster than the speed of light.
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University of Chicago Press
January 01, 2011
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