Faster than Light Travel

  • Stephen Webb
Part of the Science and Fiction book series (SCIFICT)


Mitchell’s tongue-in-cheek story describes a method for travelling faster than light. When Mitchell published the story, in 1874, it would have been difficult to identify a theoretical reason why his method was flawed. In 1905, however, Einstein published his special theory of relativity; this new way of thinking clarified why the tachypomp cannot work as described.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Webb
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  1. 1.DCQE University of PortsmouthLee-on-the-SolentUK

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