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Time Travel in Einstein's Universe: The Physical Possibilities of Travel Through Time Paperback – September 19, 2002
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His paper "On the Infall of Matter into Clusters of Galaxies and Some Effects on Their Evolution" co-authored with Jim Gunn has received over 1500 citations. He proposed that the clustering pattern of galaxies in the universe should be spongelike--a prediction now confirmed by numerous surveys. He discovered exact solutions to Einstein's field equations for the gravitational field around one cosmic string (in 1985) and two moving cosmic strings (in 1991). This second solution has been of particular interest because, if the strings move fast enough, at nearly the speed of light, time travel to the past can occur. His paper with Li-Xin Li, "Can the Universe Create Itself?" explores the idea of how the laws of physics may permit the universe to be its own mother. His book "Time Travel in Einstein's Universe" was selected by Booklist as one of four "Editors' Choice" science books for 2001. He has published papers on map projections in Cartographica.
His picture has appeared in Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times. He wrote an article on time travel for Time magazine as part of its cover story on the future (April 10, 2000). His and Mario Juric's Map of the Universe appeared in the New York Times (January 13, 2004), New Scientist, and Astronomy. Gott and Juric are in Guinness World Records 2006 and 2011 for finding the largest structure in the universe: the Sloan Great Wall of Galaxies (1.37 billion light years long). Gott's Copernican argument for space colonization was the subject of an article in the New York Times (July 17, 2007).
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The author makes the material approaching by first introducing concepts from movies you may already know. Did you know that 'Back To The future' was an example of the 'many worlds theory', while 'Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure' was the 'one world theory'? Other movie references are made as an intro to concepts.
If it stopped there, it would be trite... But starting with a foundation that makes you feel comfortable, the author manages to explain some advanced principles of General Relativity such as time dilation, how time travel to the future is possible, if not very practical, and theories as to why time travel to the past may, and may not, be possible.
While you can't help get into philosophical discussions when pondering the possibility of going back in time, that is not the point of this book - the book is rooted in real science.
Provocative, though it stops just short of the neo-Taoist theosophy of _The Dancing Wu Li Masters_ and _The Tao of Physics_. You will enjoy, I promise! Also in Discover Magazine's list of recommended reading.
I didn't like this book for three main reasons. First, Gott acknowledges that he is a right-hemisphere brain type, one who finds diagrams more compelling than verbal descriptions, yet sorely ignores this in spades in the book. He relies on rather verbose descriptions, instead of supplementing them with a few more well-placed diagrams on several of his descriptions. The second reason for not liking this book is the author's apparent egoism. There are a few instances where the explanations of his findings are tertiary to how he made them, or how he boasted about them, or how he appeared in magazines, etc. That's fine for some, but I would have liked those wordy texts and pages substituted with a deeper understanding of the finding. The third reason is the style of writing, It isn't inspiring and it doesn't come alive. In a few cases Gott prefers to describe in detail the plot of movies related to time travel! Again, I would have liked those pages to be filled up with diagrams for the above examples, instead of reading about movies like Back to the Future.
Overall, it had little impact on my understanding of Time Travel, and I would direct the reader to Clifford Pickover's Time: A Traveller's Guide. Pickover's book is well written, chock full of diagrams for the right-hemisphere brain types, compelling and interesting even for those who aren't afraid of a few formulae. Pickover's Time: A Traveller's Guide is HIGHLY recommended.
Now, I only wish I had a time machine to prevent me from having bought Gott's Time Travel in Einstein's Universe, and other dumb actions I made!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book. It refreshed me on so many real science ideas about the nature of time, nature of reality, and the possibilities of time travel through the principles of... Read morePublished 8 months ago by JAD
Great book. Explains complex theorems through simple analogy and graphs. Charming writing and definitely a must have for anyone trying to write a science fiction story while trying... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Robert Ramos
This book looks at the human construct known as time and the physical construct known as space and how the interact I am convinced that the author owns a time machinePublished on September 11, 2013 by john corrigan
The best part of the book starts out in the first chapter which gives over all view of time travel in the real world but has references to various science fiction movies which was... Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by Cool Guy
As the title states, this is a book I recommend to anyone seeking to further understand the concept of time travel.Published on April 21, 2013 by Ryan C. Jackson
Taking the ideas that come from authors and theorists and others sources as well, this book does a great job explaining how some of the theories work. Read morePublished on July 27, 2010 by TorridlyBoredShopper
Author Richard Gott does a pretty tremendous job distilling such a heady topic into terms largely understandable to those without a background in science, however you'll still find... Read morePublished on October 28, 2009 by W. Jason Gilmore
I read a good percent of what gets published on cosmology, astrophysics and related topics. Skipped this book years ago because I guessed it was probably more hype than science. Read morePublished on October 14, 2009 by Amazon Customer