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How to Build a Time Machine The Real Science of Time Travel

Brian Clegg

St. Martin's Griffin

1250024226

9781250024220

Trade Paperback

320 Pages

$15.99

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In How to Build a Time Machine, Brian Clegg provides an understanding of what time is and how it can be manipulated. from Einstein to Ronald Mallett to present day experiments.He explores the remarkable possibilities of real time travel that emerge from quantum entanglement, superluminal speeds, neutron star cylinders and wormholes in space. With the fascinating paradoxes of time travel echoing in our minds will we realize that travel into the future might never be possible? Or will we realize there is no limit on what can be achieved, and take on this ultimate challenge?

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"In How to Build a Time Machine we start each chapter with an affirmation; ‘Yes, time travel is possible . . . '  There’s clarification, ‘ifs,’ often detailed historic references; consequences; and then the practicalities—at which point you might have the feeling that it’s not possible after all.  But then there’s the ‘Or is it?’ and one cannot but take the bait and turn the page (loop). To name but a few, what does the following have to do with time-travel?: near-light speed travel; an infinitely long cylinder built from dust—or a less ambitious one (!) built from Neutron stars; Wormholes; Paradoxes; Black/White Holes; Antimatter;  Dark Energy . . . ?  If you’re like me when presented with such a list—appetite whet to the point of drooling—this is a book written with you in mind!  One last and very important point: Clegg is both a writer and a Physicist; and it’s as a writer—one who is able to communicate physics to the non-specialist—and that makes this book so very enjoyable.  The hard stuff is there; between the lines; but we’re not asked to deal with it—Clegg leads us through, in his own imitable style! There are just two equations: Einstein’s E=MC2 (of course!), and Maxwell’s—the latter because they’re so 'beautifully spare and simple looking.' Perfect."—Dr. Peet Morris, Oxford University

"Here's the book the science reading community's been waiting for . . . The resulting vision will tantalize your instinct."—San Francisco Book Review

"A solid overview of some of the quirkier corners of physics, with an entertaining connection to pop culture."—Kirkus Reviews

"With an eye to making science interesting and understandable, Clegg continues to craft accessible works out of difficult topics, in this case the nature of time . . . Clegg reminds us of how much humans have accomplished in the science so far and of the many things once thought unimaginable that are now part of everyday life. An engaging read, highly recommended . . . Clegg excels at making science accessible."—Rachel M. Minkin, Michigan State University Libraries, Lansing, Library Journal

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HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE by Brian CleggKirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE The Real Science of Time Travel. Not quite a how-to, but a survey of the science behind time travel--if anyone ever invents it.

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BRIAN CLEGG holds a physics degree from Cambridge and has written regular columns, features, and reviews for numerous magazines. He lives in Wiltshire, England, with his wife and two children.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Brian Clegg

  • Brian Clegg holds a physics degree from Cambridge and has written regular columns, features, and reviews for numerous magazines. He lives in Wiltshire, England, with his wife and two children.
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