Time Machines: Time Travel in Physics, Metaphysics, and Science Fiction Hardcover – 20 Apr 2001
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"Here's a gem of a book...all peppered with delightful notes from science fiction films, novels, and comics. I can turn a page without finding a jewel." Clifford Stoll, University of California, Berkeley, author of The Cuckoos Egg
"The first edition a ] was the most thorough compendium ever written on time travel in science fictiona ]scientifically accurate and at the same time largely accessible to a broad audience of non-specialistsa ]I have been struck by the richness and complexity of the tapestry of ideas that Nahin presents a ]" Kip Thorne
"The research that has gone into this book is impressive. The author has a made a good selection of ideas from the scientific literature on spacetime, causality violation and time-travel paradoxes, and they are presented at a popular level with science-fiction plots running in parallel." Nature
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"Dr. Nahin has done a fine job with this book. [This book] is an excellent synthesis of the current state of the philosophical and physical discussion on time travel. His use of science fiction to illustrate the possibilities of this research make his work very readable for the layperson as well as the scientist. His explanation why H.G. Wellsa (TM)s time machine wouldna (TM)t work (it does not move in space) is particularly engaginga ][it] is an excellent addition to the discussion of time travel.a
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There's something here for the very simple to the very profound thinkers of our time. On occasion my mind boggled at the concepts encountered in this book, then at other times my mind became educated to some fascinating theories I had never encountered before, written in the simplest of terms.
I can't conceive of another book ever being written addressing all aspects of Time Travel as Mr. Nahin has written so thoroughly, and so eloquently here. He travels back in time to uncover the earliest references to the excitement, the frustration, and the paradox of Time Travel, right through to modern theories and conjectures of scientists, philosophers, and science fiction writers of today - and everyone else in-between!
For the Time Traveling enthusiast this book is a horn of plenty, a wealth of abundance, and a nourishment of science and fiction regarding the possibility (or not) of Time Travel able to feed the hungriest of minds. There's enough material here to keep the liveliest of book clubs busy poring over months and months of discussion and debate. There's also enough material here to furnish Sci-fi novelists with ideas for 20 or 30 future novels they may wish to write.
It really is a brilliantly researched and wonderfully written book on the mystery of all mysteries... Time Travel.
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Sadly, Nahin completely ignores two aspects that feature prominently in many modern time travel narratives: the idea of alternate universes/realities and, tied to this idea, the narrative perspective of sequentiality. The perspective of sequentiality follows the POV of the protagonist of a narrative and projects his/her continuity against the alterations his/her actions cause.
As a result of this omission, a number of time travel stories are missing, such as Isaac Asimov's The End of Eternity, which remains completely unmentioned. (In this 1955 novel, realities are literally 'engineered' under a time travel program called "Eternity." On the upside, negative historic events such as wars and famines are 'weeded' out through only minimal manipulations in the course of history. On the downside, the same manipulations stall any form of social or technological advancement, thus condemning mankind to mediocrity. Eternity is finally annulled through a simple final manipulation by the protagonist, which will allow human history as we know it to run its 'natural' course.)
Other stories show flaws/inconsistencies in their interpretations. For instance, Nahin points to the 'flaw' in the end of Back to the Future I that the shopping mall should always have been "Lone Pine Mall" and never "Twin Pines Mall" as it was called in the beginning of the film. He argues that from a timeline perspective, Marty had already been to 1955 and had run over one of the twin pines with the DeLorean when the temporal experiment #1 took place in the parking lot in 1985. Nahin is however inconsistent in his own reasoning because if you follow this idea of a such strictly linear timeline, Marty's family should have been healthy and wealthy from the film's beginning as well, which would undermine the whole plot idea of changing history. (The creation of (and dealing with) an alternate timeline that diverts from the main line of events is, added to that, even expressedly discussed in detail in the also unmentioned Back to the Future II).
For this omission: two stars off.
Nevertheless, Nahin gives a lot of food for thought on the idea of time travel, and the rather extensive bibliography supplies a very good reference list for further individual exploration.
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