Faster Than Light: Superluminal Loopholes in Physics

By Nick Herbert, Ph.D.

Even though most physicists believe that the speed of light is as fast as anyone or anything can go, Einstein’s theory of special relativity does not rule out faster-than-light (FTL) travel. On the contrary, it seems to indicate that certain superluminal or FTL effects would permit us to re-experience the past: time travel would become a reality, not science fiction. Through this crack in the cosmic egg steps Herbert, a Stanford physicist and author of Quantum Reality , who summarizes clearly current speculation and theory about faster-than-light travel. Along with space warps, black holes and tachyons (hypothetical FTL particles), he looks at the so-called “quantum connection”an alleged force said to instantaneously link any two subatomic particles long after they have bumped into each other. Free of the woolgathering that tints much writing on the “new physics,” this brave, exciting book should send scientists back to their drawing boards; for the nonspecialist reader, it reveals a world much stranger than Star Trek.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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