I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.How to Time Travel by Louis A. Del Monte
Published by the author (self-published) on September 18th 2013
Source: ARC from publisher
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Is it truly possible to secure passage to a time fixed in the past or future? Even before H. G. Wells ignited the world's imagination with his classic 1895 novel, "The Time Machine," time travel has long captivated humankind's curiosity, especially those seeking answers to the universe's most inscrutable laws. According to physicist Louis A. Del Monte, there is ample evidence that time travel has already occurred, as well as an arsenal of scientific data to back up this bold assertion. Now, he reveals his own theoretical research in support of this claim in a thought-provoking, mind-bending new work, "How to Time Travel."
"How to Time Travel" provides insight into this perennially popular topic, covering the science of time travel, proposed time machines, time travel paradoxes, and time travel evidence. Organized into three major sections, the book demystifies the main tenets of this complex subject, including: Time Travel Evidence, The Science of Time Traveling, and Building a Time Machine. From explaining how Einstein's theories of relativity underpin time travel to detailing proposed methods of time travel, this comprehensive book will ensure that you never look at time in quite the same way again.
The book also includes several new contributions to the field, including the Existence Equation Conjecture, the Grandchild Paradox, the Preserve the World Line Rule, and the Time Uncertainty Interval. A fascinating and radical foray into popular science, "How to Time Travel" will enthrall anyone who has a consuming interest in the subject or is newly compelled to mine the universe's most confounding mysteries.
Because I did not finish this book, and because it is nonfiction, I will not follow the usual review format.
First, I’ll give my reason for not finishing. I don’t think I completely understood the content of the book; I simply saw the subject and thought ‘oh how interesting’ and requested it. I didn’t expect it to be so full of science. And believe me, I enjoyed quite thoroughly the parts that were NOT about science, such as the anecdotal evidence of time travel. But the minute science terms were introduced, my brain went fuzzy (this happens at school too). So it is entirely my fault for DNFing.
I got to page 44 and skimmed some other sections before finally deciding to give it up (it was a hard choice). I think someone like me would use the book primarily as a reference book, not serious study material, so I doubt I’ll do this book justice.
But here are some notes I took while I was reading:
There were a LOT of assumptions about what the reader was thinking. I saw a lot of ‘you may think’…followed by a lot of ‘it is not’. And yet, he left a lot of the anecdotal evidence open to interpretation. Interesting.
There was also a lot of ‘we will discuss this later’. One thing that made it clearly nonfiction was the convenient little chapter summaries at the end of each chapter. It was almost like a textbook.
But overall, it seems like Del Monte has clearly gathered his research and presented it in a very organized matter. He uses a variety of sources and experiments that were all very interesting. Had I known a bit more about science, I’m sure I would have been immersed and intrigued.
So while this book may not be for me, it is by no means a bad book. It’s very insightful and well-researched and the topic is one that will be relevant for years to come.