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Time travel : a history

Gleick, James2017
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James Gleick's story begins at the turn of the 20th 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.
Author:
Imprint:
London : 4th Estate, 2017.
Collation:
336 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 19 cm
Notes:
Originally published: 2016.Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9780007544455 (pbk. :)
Local class:
809.93384
Language:
English
BRN:
4204057
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