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Good reference book to learn all aspects of causality violation

  1. May 13, 2009 #1

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    Hello everyone.

    I was wondering if anyone knew any good books of learning the aspects of causality violation in general relativity. I know about Hawkings book but thats all. I was wondering if anyone had any references to authors in this area at any level from introductory books that are self contained to books that are up to date in this area.

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    Matthew
     
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  3. May 13, 2009 #2

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    For an excellent, non-technical reference, have a look at the second edition of Time Machines: Time Travel in Physics, Metaphysics, and Science Fiction by Paul Nahin. This is a wonderful book that is written for the educated layperson.

    Physicist (and relativist) Kip Thorne wrote a foreword for the second edition of this book, and here's a quote from this foreword: "It now is not only the most complete documentation of time travel in science fiction; it is also the most thorough review of serious scientific literature on the subject - a review that, remarkably, is scientifically accurate and at the same time largely accessible to a broad audience of nonspecialists."
     
  4. May 13, 2009 #3

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    Thanks for that title I've have to check it out. I'm looking for something a little more mathematically inclined however that is targeted towards say a research audience moreso than a popular science book.

    I know its only early days in this sort of research (since GR only came about in 1915) but given the amount of texts on QM and QFT as well as SR and GR i thought there might be a book on causality violation since a lot of models seem to have that feature especially Kerr black holes, the Tipler cylinder as well as instances with Godels universe.

    I'm trying to locate something that is complete and concise and I haven't had much luck doing so. I only know of limited papers on the subject but I'm hoping theres a bright mind out there that has offered their perspective of the subject (Hawking has done a lot of work as has Roger Penrose and thats all I know). Roger and Hawking are brilliant people but getting more perspectives and understanding of the content is my aim.

    Once again though thanks for the suggestion I'll have to look into it.
     
  5. May 13, 2009 #4

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  7. May 14, 2009 #6

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    You also might want look chapter 6 from the book Bangs, Crunches, Whimpers and Shrieks by John Earman. Even though this is a philosophy of science book, it doesn't shy away from using technical mathematics.
     
  8. May 14, 2009 #7

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  9. May 15, 2009 #8

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    Hey everyone thanks heaps for your replies. Looks like I have enough to keep me busy for a while. Again thanks for the links :)
     
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