In Search of Time The History, Physics, and Philosophy of Time

ISBN-10: 0312603517

ISBN-13: 9780312603519

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Authors: Dan Falk

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Time surrounds us. It defines our experience of the world; it echoes through our every waking hour. Time is the very foundation of conscious experience. Yet as familiar as it is, time is also deeply mysterious. We cannot see, hear, smell, taste, or touch it. Yet we dofeelitor at least wethinkwe feel it. No wonder poets, writers, philosophers, and scientists have grappled with time for centuries. In his latest book, award-winning science writer Dan Falk chronicles the story of how humans have come to understand time over the millennia, and by drawing from the latest research in physics, psychology, and other fields, Falk shows how that understanding continues to evolve.In Search of Timebegins with our earliest ancestors' perception of time and the discoveries that ledwith much effortto the Gregorian calendar, atomic clocks, and "leap seconds." Falk examines the workings of memory, the brain's remarkable "bridge across time," and asks whether humans are unique in their ability to recall the past and imagine the future. He explores the possibility of time travel, and the paradoxes it seems to entail. Falk looks at the quest to comprehend the beginning of time and how timeand the universemay end. Finally, he examines the puzzle of time's "flow," and the remarkable possibility that the passage of time may be an illusion.Entertaining, illuminating, and ultimately thought provoking,In Search of Timereveals what some of our most insightful thinkers have had to say about time, from Aristotle to Kant, from Newton to Einstein, and continuing with the brightest minds of today.
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Book details

List price: $17.99
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 1/5/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Dan Falknbsp; is an award-winning science writer and broadcaster who has received the prestigious Science in Society Journalism Award from the National Association of Science Writers and the Science Writing Award in Physics and Astronomy from the American Institute of Physics for his documentary work. nbsp;He is also the author of In Search of Time: The History, Physics, and Philosophy of Time . He lives in Toronto, Canada.

Preface
Introduction
Heavenly Clockwork: Time's natural cycles
Years, Months, Days: The quest for the perfect calendar
Hours. Minutes, Seconds: Dissecting the day
In Time's Grasp: Time and culture
The Persistence of Memory: A bridge across time
Isaac's Time: Newton, Leibniz, and the arrow of time
Albert's Time: Spacetime, relativity, and quantum theory
Back to the Future: The science of time travel
In The Beginning: The search for the dawn of time
Beyond The Big Bang: The frontiers of physics and the origin of time's arrow
All Things Must Pass: The ultimate fate of life, the universe, and everything
Illusion And Reality: Physics, philosophy, and the landscape of time
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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