The Race to Build the First Time Machine
By Jenny Randles
Trade Paperback; Science
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IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME....
Once widely considered an impossibility--the stuff of science fiction
novels--time travel may finally be achieved in the twenty-first century. In
Breaking the Time Barrier, best-selling author Jenny Randles reveals
the nature of recent, breakthrough experiments that are turning this fantasy
The race to build the first time machine is a fascinating saga that began about
a century ago, when scientists such as Marconi and Edison and Einstein carried
out research aimed at producing a working time machine. Today, physicists are
conducting remarkable experiments that involve slowing the passage of
information, freezing light, and breaking the speed of light--and thus the time
barrier. In the 1960s we had the "space race." Today, there is a "time race"
involving an underground community of working scientists who are increasingly
convinced that a time machine of some sort is finally possible.
Here, Randles explores the often riveting motives of the people involved in this
quest (including a host of sincere, if sometimes misguided amateurs), the
consequences for society should time travel become a part of everyday life, and
what evidence might indicate that it has already become reality. For, if time
travel is going to happen--and some Russian scientists already claim to have
achieved it in a lab--then its effects may already be apparent.
Jenny Randles has sold more than one and a half million copies of her fifty
published books, which always push at the boundaries of scientific knowledge.
Randles was trained in science at university, specializing in physics and
geology. She has written articles for such journals as New Scientist and
has carried out case investigations with the Jodrell Bank Centre, a leading
space and radio astronomy facility in the U.K. She lives in North Wales.