Author: David Darling
An authoritative, entertaining examination of the ultimate thrill ride
Until recently the stuff of sci-fi fiction and Star Trek reruns, teleportation has become a reality-for
subatomic particles at least. In this eye-opening book, science author David Darling follows the
remarkable evolution of teleportation, visiting the key labs that have cradled this cutting-edge science and
relating the all-too-human stories behind its birth. He ties in the fast emerging fields of cryptography and
quantum computing, tackles some thorny philosophical questions (for instance, can a soul be
teleported?), and asks when and how humans may be able to "beam up."
"Explores the possibility of this bizarre form of travel... A fascinating tale with philosophical and practical
musings on the highly unlikely prospect of teleportation of people."
A science fiction staple and a fantasy of those with long commutes, teleportation--sending something
from here to there in the blink of an eye--has long seemed likely to remain a fictional construct. But as
Darling explains in this marvelous work, teleportation in one form or another has been happening in
laboratories for a few years and is on its way to becoming a routine part of life--at least for information.
Darling (Equations of Eternity) uses lively, companionable prose to explain such heady subjects as
quantum mechanics, the property of entanglement (which Einstein referred to as "spooky action at a
distance") and information theory. While these concepts appear to fly in the face of reason, the author is
able to make sense of them and put them in the context of other new ideas that at first may be
impossible to accept. After tracing the history of developments that became key to teleportation, the text
delves into its use for secret communications, massive parallel data processing and investigating
quantum mechanics; it also examines the moral, spiritual and philosophical questions that will arise if
"beaming" people up ever becomes possible. Suitable for a pop-science audience, especially those
looking for a way into quantum mechanics and wave-particle duality, this singular work deserves a wide
audience. Agent, Patricia van der Leun. (May)