Time Travel

Time Travel

A History

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
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From 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 were 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.) From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape ; [Prince Frederick, Md.] : [Distributed by] OneClick Digital, 2016, p2016
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780735285910
Characteristics: 1 online resource (10 hr.)
Additional Contributors: Shapiro, Rob
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KurtInSeattle
Mar 23, 2017

I was disappointed with this book and ultimately abandoned it. I didn't find the case for "time travel in literature" as being an important concept was compelling. His book "The Information" was superior.

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dodieo
Oct 25, 2016

Gleick's scholarship and writing is flawless, and Rob Shapiro's narration keeps it interesting.

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