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« on: February 18, 2007, 09:02:29 am »

Book Review    
Superluminal Phenomena Explained 

Book Title   
Superluminal Phenomena in Modern Perspective 

Faster-than-Light Signals:  Myth or Reality? 

Suresh C. Tiwari

Rinton Press   

H. Kurt Richter
Founder, The Tachyonics Society of America

Dr. Suresh C. Tiwari, a physicist, of the Institute of Natural Philosophy in Varanasi, India, authored the book Superluminal Phenomena in Modern Perspective, subtitiled "Faster-Than-Light Signals: Myth or Reality?". 
It was published by Rinton Press, headquartered in Princeton, NJ, in 2003.

After reading the book entirely, and then thoroughly studying several chapters, I can honestly say that I remain very impressed.  The huge amount of research and deep analysis Dr. Tiwari has done, just to be able to write such a book, comes through heroically, and I would contend that it stands as a timely addition to the literature on superluminal phenomena.  I recommend the book to physics and mathematics students, teachers, and others involved in research on superluminal phenomena, and who seek an insightful review of the current state of affairs in this area of theoretical and applied physics, along with a comprehensive list of the most important print sources on the subject. 

The book was well-planned; starting with an introductory chapter containing interesting historical information, and an impressive discussion of the variability of natural constants.  This is followed by a chapter on the fundamental concepts Tiwari considers essential for an accurate understanding of superluminal phenomena (an extremely enlightening chapter), in which he takes great pains to point out  -  and clear up  -  a number of the misconceptions that plague the topic. 

The next six chapters can be read independently of each other, and are entitled, respectively; Superluminal Propagation of Electromagnetic Waves, Tachyons, Quantum Nonlocality, Quantum Information Science, Astrophysical Observations, Cosmology. 

The final chapter is an epilogue in which Tiwari summarizes the information provided in the book, then presents his recommendations on revisions to theories and concepts associated with the basic science.

Of special interest is his suggestion that researchers should focus more on the meaning of time, since time is not yet sufficiently well understood.  And because the very definition of velocity depends on a specificaton of a time parameter (velocity is the rate of change in distance with respect to time), then the progress of research into superluminal phenomena is essentially being hampered by the fact that we do not have an adequate empirical or philosophically satisfying explanation of time  -  which, in turn, raises epistomological concerns relative to the conceptual aspects of all such research efforts, and therefore of many fundamental notions in physics.

More to the point, Tiwari is calling for a re-examination of the relationship between space and time (proposing his "Space-Time Interaction Hypothesis"); a re-examination that would result in a new understanding of reality, including a revolutionary reformulation of inarguably the two most important theories in modern physics; Special Relativity and Quantum Mechanics.

The book is available online at  [In book-stores, order ISBN 1-58949-037-1.] 

For a more critical commentary on the book, including a detailed discussion of the chapter on tachyons, go to the "Tachyons" thread under the Future Science heading of this forum.

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