Time plays such a big part in our lives, it’s no wonder we’re fascinated by the idea of escaping it. And what better way to escape it that to travel back into the past or forward into the future? This hour, we explore our obsession with time travel. Why is such a recurring them in movies and TV shows? And what can time travel teach us about ourselves?
The concept of time travel is actually much newer than you might expect.
Our long human fascination with time travel, with best-selling writer and science thinker James Gleick.
James Gleick: ‘Time travel is what makes us human’ | Saturday Morning, 10:11 am on 26 November 2016 | Radio New Zealand
Science writer James Gleick’s latest book tracks the evolution of time travel as an idea. While in reality it’s not possible, he says, through memories, movies, novels and hope, we are all Time Lords.
In his previous books Chaos: Making of a new Science and The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood, bestselling author James Gleick became known for lucid and accessible explanations of complex issues. Now he turns his attention a perennial favorite of science fiction in his latest book, Time Travel: A History.
From its beginnings with H. G. Wells to its sprawling influence on literature, philosophy, and physics, time travel continues to fascinate us today. Mr. Gleick sat down with Googler Keith Schaefer in Los Angeles for a wide-ranging discussion of this most modern of ideas.
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Physicists’ ideas about the nature and existence of time may seem incongruent with our experience of it, but author James Gleick makes a case for why we need to keep an open mind. Gleick is the author of "Time Travel: A History" (goo.gl/pGaWug).
Read more at BigThink.com: http://bigthink.com/videos/james-gleick-asks-does-time-exist
Transcript - There is a sort of funny things that you hear people say that time doesn’t actually exist. And it’s something that physicists argue about, I mean physicists actually have symposia on the subject of is there such a thing as time, and it’s also something that has a tradition in philosophy going a back about a century. But I think it’s fair to say that in one since it’s a ridiculous idea. How can you say time doesn’t exist when we have such a profound experience of it, first of all? And second of all, we’re talking about it constantly. I mean we couldn’t get – I can’t get through this sentence without referring to time. I was going to say we couldn’t get through the day without discussing time. So obviously when a physicist questions the existence of time they are trying to say something’s specialized, something tech…
5 years ago, Boing Boing described James Gleick’s The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood as "a jaw-dropping tour de force history of information theory… The Information isn’t just a natural history of a powerful idea; it embodies and transmits that idea, it is a vector for its memes (as Dawkins has it), and it is a toolkit for disassembling the world. It is a book that vibrates with excitement, and it transmits that excited vibration with very little signal loss. It is a wonder."
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A biographer of science ideas, Gleick is usually found exploring unusual corners of science. His latest book looks at the surprisingly recent concept of Time Travel. How recent? H.G. Well’s The Time Machine, published in 1895, was the first mention of time travel. I am looking forward to diving into Time Travel: a History.
I interviewed him at Bloomberg for my radio show/podcast (MP3), and Gleick opened up about his researching and writing process. He describes himself – too modestly in my opinion – as “merely a journalist.”
His approach to writing is somewhat humbling – he claims he starts out knowing nothing of his subject, and keeps researching until he feels he has learned enough to communicate about the subject. “Each book, each time I feel like I am figuring it out, starting from scratch … I don’t need to dumb anything down, I need to raise my own understanding to the level of grasping the stuff I am writing about.”
Its fascinating stuff.
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Live at Comic-Con: How Time Travel Works — How does time travel work? Could it ever cross the line from science fiction into science fact? Join Josh and Chuck — along with a live audience at the 2012 Comic-Con — as they explore the ins and outs of time travel.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas explored in HG Wells’ novella, published in 1895, in which the Time Traveller moves forward to 802,701 AD. There he finds humanity has evolved into the Eloi and Morlocks, where the Eloi are small but leisured fruitarians and the Morlocks live below ground, carry out the work and have a different diet. Escaping the Morlocks, he travels millions of years into the future, where the environment no longer supports humanity.
James Gleick’s closing address at the @SydWritersFest On the future of the book http://t.co/A2lBV17