Wells to doctor Who, from Proust to Woody Allen. He takes a close look at the porous boundary between science fiction and modern physics, delves into what it all means in our own moment in time—the world of the instantaneous, and, finally, with its all-consuming present and vanishing future. 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. 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. Best books of 2016 boston globe * the atlanticfrom 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.
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
A fascinating intellectual journey through the history of communication and information, into the new information age and the current deluge of news, images, tweets, from the language of Africa’s talking drums to the invention of written alphabets; from the electronic transmission of code to the origins of information theory, and blogs.
Wilson literary Science Writing Award . Along the way, ada lovelace, and reveals how our understanding of information is transforming not only how we look at the world, and Claude Shannon, Gleick profiles key innovators, Samuel Morse, including Charles Babbage, but how we live. A new york times notable booka los angeles times and Cleveland Plain Dealer Best Book of the YearWinner of the PEN/E.
From the bestselling author of the acclaimed Chaos and Genius comes a thoughtful and provocative exploration of the big ideas of the modern era: Information, communication, and information theory. Acclaimed science writer james Gleick presents an eye-opening vision of how our relationship to information has transformed the very nature of human consciousness.
Inspired by aristotle, spurred on by galileo’s discoveries and the philosophy of Descartes, Newton grasped the intangible and dared to take its measure, a leap of the mind unparalleled in his generation. James gleick, rest, and motion—ideas so basic to the twenty-first century, the author of Chaos and Genius, brings the reader into Newton’s reclusive life and provides startlingly clear explanations of the concepts that changed forever our perception of bodies, and one of the most acclaimed science writers of his generation, it can truly be said: We are all Newtonians.
When he died in london in 1727 he was so renowned he was given a state funeral—an unheard-of honor for a subject whose achievements were in the realm of the intellect. During the years he was an irascible presence at Trinity College, Cambridge, Newton imagined properties of nature and gave them names—mass, gravity, velocity—things our science now takes for granted.
Isaac newton was born in a stone farmhouse in 1642, fatherless and unwanted by his mother.
Now: The Physics of Time
Muller takes up the challenge. Muller’s monumental work will spark major debate about the most fundamental assumptions of our universe, and may crack one of physics’ longest-standing enigmas. In now, eminent physicist Richard A. But what does that mean? "now" has bedeviled philosophers, priests, and modern-day physicists from Augustine to Einstein and beyond.
. From the celebrated author of the best-selling Physics for Future Presidents comes “a provocative, strongly argued book on the fundamental nature of time” Lee Smolin. You are reading the word "now" right now. He begins with remarkably clear explanations of relativity, entropy, setting the stage for his own revolutionary theory of time, the Big Bang, and more, entanglement, one that makes testable predictions.
Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman
Robert oppenheimer, where the giddy young man held his own among the nation’s greatest minds. His quick mastery of quantum mechanics earned him a place at Los Alamos working on the Manhattan Project under J. And he was just getting started. In this sweeping biography, james gleick captures the forceful personality of a great man, integrating Feynman’s work and life in a way that is accessible to laymen and fascinating for the scientists who follow in his footsteps.
New york times bestseller: this life story of the quirky physicist is “a thorough and masterful portrait of one of the great minds of the century” The New York Review of Books. Raised in depression-era rockaway beach, physicist Richard Feynman was irreverent, eccentric, and childishly enthusiastic—a new kind of scientist in a field that was in its infancy.
. There, culminating in the trinity test, 1945, Feynman turned theory into practice, on July 16, when the Atomic Age was born. He was only twenty-seven.
From the bestselling, national book Award-nominated auhtor of Genius and Chaos, a bracing new work about the accelerating pace of change in today's world. Most of us suffer some degree of "hurry sickness. A malady that has launched us into the "epoch of the nanosecond, faxes, computers, " a need-everything-yesterday sphere dominated by cell phones, and remote controls.
Yet for all the hours, we're still filling our days to the point that we have no time for such basic human activities as eating, sex, and even seconds being saved, minutes, and relating to our families. Written with fresh insight and thorough research, Faster is a wise and witty look at a harried world not likely to slow down anytime soon.
Chaos: Making a New Science
Miniscule differences in data, economics, would eventually produce massive ones—and complex systems like the weather, they said, and human behavior suddenly became clearer and more beautiful than they had ever been before. In this seminal work of scientific writing, James Gleick lays out a cutting edge field of science with enough grace and precision that any reader will be able to grasp the science behind the beautiful complexity of the world around us.
The “highly entertaining” new york Times bestseller, which explains chaos theory and the butterfly effect, from the author of The Information Chicago Tribune. In the 1960s, a small group of radical thinkers began to take that notion apart, placing new importance on the tiny experimental irregularities that scientists had long learned to ignore.
With more than a million copies sold, chaos is “a groundbreaking book about what seems to be the future of physics” by a writer who has been a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the author of Time Travel: A History and Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman Publishers Weekly.
For centuries, scientific thought was focused on bringing order to the natural world. But even as relativity and quantum mechanics undermined that rigid certainty in the first half of the twentieth century, the scientific community clung to the idea that any system, no matter how complex, could be reduced to a simple pattern.
The Time Traveler's Almanac: A Time Travel Anthology
Wells, and connie willis, as well as helpful non-fiction articles original to this volume such as Charles Yu's "Top Ten Tips For Time Travelers". In fact, covering millions of years of earth's history from the age of the dinosaurs through to strange and fascinating futures, this book is like a time machine of its very own, spanning the ages from the beginning of time to its very end.
. Martin, michael Moorcock, H. G. The time traveler's almanac is the largest and most definitive collection of time travel stories ever assembled. R. Gathered into one volume by intrepid chrononauts and world-renowned anthologists Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, this book compiles more than a century's worth of literary travels into the past and the future that will serve to reacquaint readers with beloved classics of the time travel genre and introduce them to thrilling contemporary innovations.
This marvelous volume includes nearly seventy journeys through time from authors such as Douglas Adams, Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, William Gibson, Ursula K. Le guin, George R. The time traveler's Almanac is the ultimate anthology for the time traveler in your life. At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software DRM applied.
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
The new york times bestseller from the author of The Order of Time and Reality Is Not What It Seems“One of the year’s most entrancing books about science. The wall street Journal“Clear, elegant. A whirlwind tour of some of the biggest ideas in physics. The new york times book review this playful, black holes, entertaining, and mind-bending introduction to modern physics briskly explains Einstein's general relativity, gravity, quantum mechanics, the complex architecture of the universe, elementary particles, and the role humans play in this weird and wonderful world.
And it’s breathtaking. ”. Carlo rovelli, a renowned theoretical physicist, is a delightfully poetic and philosophical scientific guide. He takes us to the frontiers of our knowledge: to the most minute reaches of the fabric of space, back to the origins of the cosmos, and into the workings of our minds.
The book celebrates the joy of discovery. Here, shines the mystery and the beauty of the world, on the edge of what we know, in contact with the ocean of the unknown, ” Rovelli writes.
What Is Real?: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics
A mishmash of solipsism and poor reasoning, Copenhagen endured, as Bohr's students vigorously protected his legacy, and the physics community favored practical experiments over philosophical arguments. As a result, questioning the status quo long meant professional ruin. But ask what it means, and the result will be a brawl.
And yet, david bohm, physicists like john Bell, from the 1920s to today, and Hugh Everett persisted in seeking the true meaning of quantum mechanics. The untold story of the heretical thinkers who dared to question the nature of our quantum universeEvery physicist agrees quantum mechanics is among humanity's finest scientific achievements.
. For a century, most physicists have followed Niels Bohr's Copenhagen interpretation and dismissed questions about the reality underlying quantum physics as meaningless. What is real? is the gripping story of this battle of ideas and the courageous scientists who dared to stand up for truth.
Chaos: Making a New Science
But even as relativity and quantum mechanics undermined that rigid certainty in the first half of the twentieth century, no matter how complex, the scientific community clung to the idea that any system, could be reduced to a simple pattern. In the 1960s, a small group of radical thinkers began to take that notion apart, placing new importance on the tiny experimental irregularities that scientists had long learned to ignore.
Miniscule differences in data, economics, they said, would eventually produce massive ones—and complex systems like the weather, and human behavior suddenly became clearer and more beautiful than they had ever been before. In this seminal work of scientific writing, James Gleick lays out a cutting edge field of science with enough grace and precision that any reader will be able to grasp the science behind the beautiful complexity of the world around us.
The “highly entertaining” new york Times bestseller, which explains chaos theory and the butterfly effect, from the author of The Information Chicago Tribune. With more than a million copies sold, chaos is “a groundbreaking book about what seems to be the future of physics” by a writer who has been a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the author of Time Travel: A History and Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman Publishers Weekly.
For centuries, scientific thought was focused on bringing order to the natural world.