The New Time Travelers by David Toomey
A Journey to the Frontiers of Physics

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The story of physicists' quest to answer a mind-boggling question: How can we travel through time?

Since H. G. Wells' 1895 classic The Time Machine, readers of science fiction have puzzled over the paradoxes of time travel. What would happen if a time traveler tried to change history? Would some force or law of nature prevent him? Or would his action produce a "new" history, branching away from the original?

In the last decade of the twentieth century a group of theoretical physicists at the California Institute of Technology undertook a serious investigation of the possibility of pastward time travel, inspiring a serious and sustained study that engaged more than thirty physicists working at universities and institutes around the world.

Many of the figures involved are familiar: Einstein, Stephen Hawking and Kip Thorne; others are names known mostly to physicists. These are the new time travelers, and this is the story of their work--a profoundly human endeavor marked by advances, retreats, and no small share of surprises. It is a fantastic journey to the frontiers of physics. Some images in the ebook are not displayed owing to permissions issues.


About David Toomey

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David Toomey is an associate professor of English and director of the Professional Writing and Technical Communication Program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He lives in Amherst.
Published February 14, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 397 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Toomey reasons that if a highly advanced alien race invented a time machine, say, half a million years ago, we only need to make contact with them and then use their machine to visit our own early history.

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Futureward time travel isn’t just possible, it’s real, what Toomey calls “an inevitable consequence of Einstein’s theory of special relativity.” And it appears nothing in modern physics theoretically bars the possibility of “past-directed time travel, though presumably airlines will find a way to...

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