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Time travel : a history
Time travel : a history
Gleick, James2016
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Gleick's story begins at the turn of the twentieth century with the young H. G. Wells writing and rewriting the fantastic tale that became his first book, an international sensation, The Time Machine. A host of forces were converging to transmute the human understanding of time, some philosophical and some technological--the electric telegraph, the steam railroad, the discovery of buried civilisations, and the perfection of clocks. Gleick tracks the evolution of time travel as an idea in the culture--from Marcel Proust to Doctor Who, from Woody Allen to Jorge Luis Borges. He explores the inevitable looping paradoxes and examines the porous boundary between pulp fiction and modern physics. Finally, he delves into a temporal shift that is unsettling our own moment: the instantaneous wired world, with its all-consuming present and vanishing future.
Main title:
Time travel : a history / James Gleick.
Imprint:
London : 4th Estate, 2016.
Collation:
336 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents:
Machine -- Fin de siècle -- Philosophers and pulps -- Ancient light -- By your bootstraps -- Arrow of time -- A river, a path, a maze -- Eternity -- Buried time -- Backward -- The paradoxes -- What is time? -- Our only boat -- Presently.
ISBN:
9780008207670
Dewey class:
530.11
Language:
English
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Hampton LibraryScience and Technology530.11 GLEAvailable
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