Build Your Own Time Machine: The Real Science of Time Travel
There is no physical law to prevent time travel - nothing in physics to say that it is not possible. So surely the invention of a time machine is just a matter of ... time? In Build Your Own Time Machine, acclaimed science author Brian Clegg takes inspiration from his childhood heroes Doctor Who and H. G. Wells to explain the nature of time. How do we understand it and why measure it the way we do? How did the theories of one man change the way time was perceived by the world? Why wouldn't H. G. Wells's time machine have worked? And what would we need to do to make a real one? Brian Clegg applies the most famous of Einstein's theories, special and general relativity, to the laws of time to show the real science of time travel and how possible it really is.
'Follows in the footsteps of Carl Sagan's Cosmos, Steven Hawking's A Brief History of Time and Timothy Ferris's Coming of Age in the Milky Way' Kirkus Reviews 'Clegg's latest will engage scientists and lay readers with a thorough, level-headed, reader-friendly treatment of controversial and complex material' Publishers Weekly 'With this book in hand, we have all we need to set off on our next flight with our eyes open to the sheer wonder of what is involved' Alain de Botton [on Inflight Science] 'Endlessly fascinating' The Independent [on Infinity]
Brian Clegg was born in Lancashire. He read Natural Sciences at Cambridge University and has an MA in Operational Research (a discipline developed during the Second World War to apply maths and probability to warfare) at Lancaster University. In 1994 he set up a consultancy whose clients include the BBC, Met Office, Sony, the Treasury and others. His books include Inflight Science and Infinity.