Teleportation

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Teleportation, or Teletransportation, is the theoretical transfer of matter or energy from one point to another without traversing the physical space between them. It is a common subject of science fiction literature, film, and television.

Etymology[edit]

The word teleportation was coined in 1931[1][2] by American writer Charles Fort to describe the strange disappearances and appearances of anomalies, which he suggested may be connected. He joined the Greek prefix tele- (meaning "distant") to the Latin verb portare (meaning "to carry").[citation needed] Fort's first formal use of the word was in the second chapter of his 1931 book, Lo!: "Mostly in this book I shall specialize upon indications that there exists a transportory force that I shall call Teleportation," commenting that, "I shall be accused of having assembled lies, yarns, hoaxes, and superstitions. To some degree I think so myself. To some degree, I do not. I offer the data."[3] Fort also suggested that teleportation might explain various allegedly paranormal phenomena.[citation needed]

The word teletransportation, which expands Fort's abbreviated term, was first employed by Derek Parfit as part of a thought exercise on identity.[citation needed]

Fiction[edit]

The earliest recorded story of a "matter transmitter" was Edward Page Mitchell's "The Man Without a Body" in 1877.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lo!: Part I: 2". Sacred-texts.com. Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  2. ^ "less well-known is the fact that Charles Fort coined the word in 1931" in Rickard, B. and Michell, J. Unexplained Phenomena: a Rough Guide special (Rough Guides, 2000 (ISBN 1-85828-589-5), p.3)
  3. ^ Mr. X. "Lo!: A Hypertext Edition of Charles Hoy Fort's Book". Resologist.net. Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  4. ^ "Teleportation in early science fiction". The Worlds of David Darling. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 

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