"The future ain't what it used to be."

To discuss Michael Critchton's novel "Timeline"


To discuss Michael Critchton\'s novel \"Timeline\"

I have just completed Michael Critchton's latest novel "Timeline". He proffers many speculations regarding time travel, based on quantum theories, mechanics and emerging technologies. I enjoyed the novel immensely and heartily recommend it to those of you who are interested in both good story telling and the prospects of time travel.

Physics, as we know and understand them today, are not set in concrete, nor stainless steel ... thus the so-called "Laws of Physics" can be manipulated. I vividly recall sitting in a Physics class at Cal Poly Pomona a number of years ago, listening to one of those infamous German scientists we ferreted out of Nazi Germany. He was making so much sense that the moment is as sparkling clear today as it was in 1976. He said: "What if there were no rules, no laws of Physics? What if your mind wasn't harnessed with the notion that you can't do this or that because it's that way for 99.9% of everybody else? You might be that .1% who makes the experiment work, the one who changes the rules and laws, or at least how we look at them." That explanation, in a nutshell, is what gives rise to the idea that quantum theories may become practicalities. And this comes out in the novel.

The problem with our existence is that we are doomed to live in the presence when our minds travel to other times. Tomorrow's technologies are emerging today, and most of "Timeline" is based on that idea. Intriguing is the best word to describe this latest work by Michael Critchton. What will tomorrow bring? It may bring us the past.

Has any one else read the novel? Care to share your input on your stimulated thoughts from the work? Let's talk about this more in depth.

Tempus Edax Rurum

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