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  • ISBN: 9780307908803 (electronic bk)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource
  • Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 2016.

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"A time-jumping, head-tripping odyssey." -The Millions "A bracing swim in the waters of science, technology and fiction." -Washington Post "A thrilling journey of ideas." -Boston GlobeFrom the acclaimed author of The Information and Chaos, here is a mind-bending exploration of time travel: its subversive origins, its evolution in literature and science, and its influence on our understanding of time itself. The story begins at the turn of the previous century, with the young H. G. Wells writing and rewriting the fantastic tale that became his first book and an international sensation: The Time Machine. It was an era when a host of forces was converging to transmute the human understanding of time, some philosophical and some technological: the electric telegraph, the steam railroad, the discovery of buried civilizations, and the perfection of clocks. James Gleick tracks the evolution of time travel as an idea that becomes part of contemporary culture-from Marcel Proust to Doctor Who, from Jorge Luis Borges to Woody Allen. He investigates 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.(With a color frontispiece and black-and-white illustrations throughout)
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Electronic reproduction. New York : Pantheon, 2016. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 8843 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
Subject: > Nonfiction.
History.
Science.
Sociology.
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  • Baker & Taylor
    The acclaimed author of Chaos presents a thought-provoking exploration of time travel that details its subversive origins, evolution in literature and science and enduring influence on our understandings of time itself.
  • Random House, Inc.
    Best Books of 2016
    BOSTON GLOBE * THE ATLANTIC


    From the acclaimed bestselling author of The Information and Chaos comes this enthralling history of time travel&;a concept that has preoccupied physicists and storytellers over the course of the last century.


    James Gleick delivers a mind-bending exploration of time travel&;from its origins in literature and science to its influence on our understanding of time itself. Gleick vividly explores physics, technology, philosophy, and art as each relates to time travel and tells the story of the concept's cultural evolutions&;from H.G. Wells to Doctor Who, from Proust to Woody Allen. He takes a close look at the porous boundary between science fiction and modern physics, and, finally, delves into what it all means in our own moment in time&;the world of the instantaneous, with its all-consuming present and vanishing future.

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