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Time Travel: A History par James Gleick
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Time Travel: A History (original 2016; édition 2016)

par James Gleick (Auteur)

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Gleick's story begins at the turn of the twentieth 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 civilizations, 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.… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:Time Travel: A History
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Info:Vintage (2016), Edition: Reprint, 354 pages
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The book tells the history of the way people have thought about time and time travel, through our literature, films and science. An interesting take on a fascinating topic, Gleick catalogs all the major perspectives and tracks the changing ways we've thought about out experience in time. ( )
  poirotketchup | Mar 18, 2021 |
Kept me reading despite being just an analysis of usage of the time travel concept in books and film. Goes into too much detail of every example, recapping the plots for no benefit. ( )
  TeaTimeCoder | Dec 23, 2020 |
Loved it! Gleick not only writes beautifully, but he clearly loves this subject. Everything loops around The Time Machine and, to a smaller extent, the theory of relativity. There are summaries of time travel stories, explanations of paradoxes, grumpy philosophers, before-their-time physicists, time capsules, forays into social psychology, British jokes, and everything in between. It ends up being this wonderful, engaging whole packed full of things to learn, and where I stand now, I think it’s the best non-fiction book I’ve read this year.

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  NinjaMuse | Jul 26, 2020 |
Gleick has really perfected this kind of book: fun, readable, page-turning history with lots of good quotations, weird facts, and clear explanations of theory. For a pop history/science book, The Information legit changed the way I see the world. This one isn't quite as profound or hard-hitting, but it definitely is fun to read and had some real "WHOA WHAT" moments. ( )
  Jetztzeit | May 15, 2020 |
Time Travel: A History mixes the history of time travel as a science fiction genre, with the physics on the possibility of time travel, and the philosophy of how time travel stories has affected our way of thinking. I enjoyed the book, though I would have liked more analysis and examination of the many different stories that make up the genre, from stories, film, and TV. Gleick covers many of the stories you would expect him to, and a few I was unaware of, though he did limited examination of time travel in movies and TV. (Just barely touching on a few of the different titles in this varied genre.) I did find the discussion well thought out and insightful. Well worth the read for anybody interested in diving behind just the books and stories. ( )
  GeoffHabiger | Jan 16, 2020 |
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Gleick's story begins at the turn of the twentieth 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 civilizations, 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.

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