In Search of Time by Dan Falk
The Science of a Curious Dimension

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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 do feel it—or at least we think we 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 Time begins with our earliest ancestors’ perception of time and the discoveries that led—with much effort—to 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 time—and the universe—may 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 Time reveals 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.


 

About Dan Falk

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Dan Falk has written about science for The Boston Globe, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Astronomy, Nature, and New Scientist, and has been a regular contributor to the CBC Radio programs Ideas and Quirks and Quarks. His awards include a Gold Medal for Radio Programming from the New York Festivals and the Science Writing Award in Physics and Astronomy from the American Institute of Physics. His first book, Universe on a T-Shirt, won the 2002 Science in Society Journalism Award from the Canadian Science Writers’ Association. He lives in Toronto, Canada.
 
Published January 5, 2010 by Thomas Dunne Books. 356 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Rounding out his multi-course feast, Falk contrasts Newton's notion of ""absolute, true, and mathematical"" time with Einstein's final words in 1955, ""the distinction of past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion,"" to present modern speculations on black holes and the uni...

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San Francisco Chronicle

And for the psychologists and philosophers: If the flow of time is indeed an illusion, a construct of the mind and the brain, please tell us: How does that illusion come about?": "Our generation is not the first to believe it has nailed down the story of how the universe began, or even its age," ...

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EE Times

Some books that deserved to be read multiple times.

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