What does our preoccupation with the idea of time travel say about us as a species? And about the idea of time itself?
It’s easy to forget that when H.G. Wells wrote The Time Machine back in 1895, the notion of travelling through time was a totally fresh and radical leap of imagination. ‘When Wells in his lamp-lit room imagined a time machine,’ writes the acclaimed American science writer James Gleick, ‘he also invented a new mode of thought.’
Time Travel: A History is the latest book by Gleick, the author of the hugely influential Chaos: Making a New Science, which popularised the idea of ‘the butterfly effect’, as well as many other outstanding works of popular science. The new book takes a sweeping look at the history of time travel in culture, science, technology and philosophy. With style, humour and rigour, Gleick illuminates surprising links between the notion of time travel and the industrial revolution, the literary modernists and archeological discoveries.
What does our preoccupation with the idea of time travel say about us as a species? And about the idea of time itself? Come and hear this remarkable polymath wax scientific about Wells and wormholes; outer space and cyberspace; the past, present and future.