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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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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
While Gott has certainly done his homework and thoroughly covers his subject, much of this book is highly technical. Read morePublished 3 months ago by dpmiller
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 13 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 20 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 ThatUmbrellaGuy