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|Special relativity takes center stage in this classic science-fiction
novel. So much so that the number tau, by which one must divide an
object's rest mass to determine its apparent mass when travelling at a
relative speed of v, is defined by a formula in the text and frequently
referred to throughout the book. The plot concerns the disaster that
befalls a space ship when it is unable to begin slowing down halfway
through its voyage as planned.
(Originally published as a short story in Galaxy Science Fiction
magazine in 1967 under the title "To Outlive Eternity".)
A very interesting book, the mathematical explanations provided true interest in a theory, and were well used. Unfortunately they only appear in one chapter, but it was a chapter I kept referring back to throughout my reading of this book.
This is the finest "hard science" science fiction I can remembe reading!
I found this book to be a bland, predictable, depressing commentary on humanity. I did not enjoy it at all but there is no denying that maths and physics (some of it even accurate) play a significant role in the first half of the book.
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