Science Speculations: Time Travel

Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Belmont Media Center, (via google-hangouts connecting to UMass-Amherst)

David Toomey, Ph.D. Professor of English, UMASS-Amherst; co-director of the English Department’s Professional Writing and Technical Communication Program. Author of The New Time Travelers: A Journey to the Frontiers of Physics and Weird Life: The Search for Life That Is Very, Very Different from Our Own

David Toomey discusses the art of “translating” complex but fascinating science for the general reader, a task that is increasingly important in an era of constant discoveries that are changing our lives and perspectives. In his book that is the focus of tonight’s discussion, The New Time Travelers: A Journey to the Frontiers of Physics, Dr. Toomey brings to the reader the speculations of Einstein, Thorne and other scientists about time-travel. We learn also how science fiction contributed to the development of the time-travel concept.

from the Toomey website: David Toomey’s most recent writing may be categorized as science for lay audiences. His book Weird Life: the search for life that is very, very different from our own (W.W. Norton, 2013) was longlisted for the 2014 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, shortlisted for Physics World Book of the Year for 2013, and named an “Editor’s Choice” by the New York Times Sunday Book Review. It appeared in Spanish translation from Biblioteca Buridán in 2015 and Japanese translation from Hakuyosha Publishing in 2016. His book The New Time Travelers: a journey to the frontiers of physics (W.W. Norton, 2007) was among ten nonfiction books named “new and notable” by Scientific American in 2007, and listed among the “Best Sci-Tech Books 2007” by Library Journal. It appeared in Spanish translation from Biblioteca Buridán in 2008. Other books are Stormchasers: the Hurricane Hunters and their Flight into Hurricane Janet (W.W. Norton, 2002), Amelia Earhart’s Daughters: the Wild and Glorious Story of American Women Aviators from World War II to the Dawn of the Space Age, co-author with Leslie Haynsworth (William Morrow, 1998), and Scientific and Technical Communication in Theory, Practice and Policy, second author with James Collier (Sage, 1996).