A bit of conceptual fun for this Friday post. Having recently read Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland’s The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., which manipulates quantum physics in the form of witchcraft to provide time travel, combined with a family viewing of Back To The Future, I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to wrap my head around the logic of time travel fiction. Conveniently, the people at Minute Physics have already provided a useful visual methodology for diagramming and understanding the approaches to causality and the paradoxes inherent to the genre. (Note: contains a few spoilers for time travel movies/books)

David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is a Senior Consultant at Clarke & Esposito, a boutique management consulting firm focused on strategic issues related to professional and academic publishing and information services. Previously, David was the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He oversaw journal policy across OUP’s journals program, drove technological innovation, and served as an information officer. David acquired and managed a suite of research society-owned journals with OUP, and before that was the Executive Editor for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, where he created and edited new science books and journals, along with serving as a journal Editor-in-Chief. He has served on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc., as well as The AAP-PSP Executive Council. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.


3 Thoughts on "Diagramming Time Travel"

@John – Just go back in time tomorrow night and do Saturday over again.

Being a bit less ambitious, I plan to travel back 1 hour in time late tomorrow night.

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