The concept of time travel has long fascinated author Anthony Doerr ’95. Writing in the New York Times, he says this interest dates back to when he was ten and his mother gave him a copy of Ray Bradbury’s A Sound of Thunder, which features a time-traveling big game hunter who goes back to the prehistoric era to try and bag a dinosaur.
Doerr reviews Time Travel: A History, the latest offering from acclaimed author and science historian James Gleick. In it Gleick describes how authors have employed the idea of time travel, starting with H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine in 1895. “Time Travel, like all of Gleick’s work,” writes Doerr, “is a fascinating mash-up of philosophy, literary criticism, physics, and cultural observation.”