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Book Review: This Book Is From The Future: A Journey Through Portals, Relativity, Worm Holes by Marie D. Jones and Larry Flaxman

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This Book Is From The Future: A Journey Through Portals, Relativity, Worm Holes by Marie D. Jones and Larry Flaxman explores the history and science of time travel, wormholes, parallel universes, time warps, and coexisting timelines. The book begins by defining time from years to the yoctosecond which is beyond the shortest time measurable by any current machine or process.

The authors explain that entropy does not work in reverse. The forward arrow of time increases entropy but time does not flow in the reverse direction. A hot pot of water gets cold due to entropy but a cold pot of water cannot get hot without some other interfering factor not in the original equation.

Jones and Flaxman explain how logician and mathematic Kurt Godel worked with Albert Einstein to formulate a theory that time travel into the past was possible provided that the universe was rotating. Godel hypothesized riding a circular or spiral path allowing him to go back to the past and return to the present. Physicists would later argue that Godel’s universe, if finite, would remove the time travel aspect completely making everyone more comfortable with the theory.

The book depicts the Lorenztian Wormhole pictorially and explains that the black hole would be the entry point with the white hole as an exit point. The practical implementation problem is that entering into a black hole will meet with infinite gravity and be crushed or stretched into nothingness or an incomprehensible gravitational effect.

The Casimir Effect proved that negative energy densities can happen in nature. Logically, this negative energy density could be the mechanism needed to stabilize the entry point of a wormhole long enough to travel safely through without being torn apart from the tremendous forces within. Steven Hawking hypothesized about building a time machine, saying “All you need is a wormhole, the Large Hadron Collider, or a rocket that goes really, really fast.”

The authors take us back to one of the most famous time slips. Charlette Anne Mobley and Eleanor Jordain (two educators) allegedly had a time slip in the Gardens of Versailles in 1901. The two were looking for a path that lead to Petit Trianon, the private palace of Marie Antoinette when they found themselves transported literally back in time. The people around them appeared to be frozen in time. There were no effects of light and shade. No wind stirred the trees. At one point, the women rounded a building and returned to the normal state.

This Book Is From The Future is a fascinating entry into the potential world of time travel. The book is well researched with proponents on both sides of the feasibility argument. The contents of this work will provide rigorous debate over the notion of time travel until working models are built and tested in the coming years.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.