Time Reborn by Lee Smolin
From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe

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Whether or not Smolin wins his argument with his fellow physicists, the case he makes for saying that when we deny the reality of time, we are confusing a mathematical model with what it is modelling seems to me convincing.
-Guardian

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From one of our foremost thinkers and public intellectuals, a radical new view of the nature of time and the cosmos

What is time?

This deceptively simple question is the single most important problem facing science as we probe more deeply into the fundamentals of the universe. All of the mysteries physicists and cosmologists face—from the Big Bang to the future of the universe, from the puzzles of quantum physics to the unification of forces and particles—come down to the nature of time.

The fact that time is real may seem obvious. You experience it passing every day when you watch clocks tick, bread toast, and children grow. But most physicists, from Newton to Einstein to today’s quantum theorists, have seen things differently. The scientific case for time being an illusion is formidable. That is why the consequences of adopting the view that time is real are revolutionary.

Lee Smolin, author of the controversial bestseller The Trouble with Physics, argues that a limited notion of time is holding physics back. It’s time for a major revolution in scientific thought. The reality of time could be the key to the next big breakthrough in theoretical physics.

What if the laws of physics themselves were not timeless? What if they could evolve? Time Reborn offers a radical new approach to cosmology that embraces the reality of time and opens up a whole new universe of possibilities. There are few ideas that, like our notion of time, shape our thinking about literally everything, with huge implications for physics and beyond—from climate change to the economic crisis. Smolin explains in lively and lucid prose how the true nature of time impacts our world.
 

About Lee Smolin

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Lee Smolin is a theoretical physicist who has made influential contributions to the search for a unification of physics. He is a founding faculty member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. His previous books include The Trouble with Physics, The Life of the Cosmos and Three Roads to Quantum Gravity.
 
Published April 23, 2013 by Mariner Books. 364 pages
Genres: Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Alan Lightman on May 03 2013

Putting aside the sensational ideas proposed in “Time Reborn,” it is a triumph of modern physics that we are even asking such questions as what determined the initial conditions of the universe.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Ray Monk on Jun 06 2013

Whether or not Smolin wins his argument with his fellow physicists, the case he makes for saying that when we deny the reality of time, we are confusing a mathematical model with what it is modelling seems to me convincing.

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Kirkus

Good
on Jan 29 2013

This is a work as much of philosophy as science. Despite the absence of mathematics, it requires close attention, but readers who make the effort will absorb a flood of ideas from an imaginative thinker.

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Financial Times

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Reviewed by Gillian Tett on May 24 2013

...this book deserves to be debated widely; indeed, given the west’s current predicament, the discussion it provokes is – dare I say it – timely.

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Toronto Star

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Reviewed by Nathan Whitlock on May 10 2013

A laudable, if baffling, late-book swerve into an impassioned case for taking action on climate change...just adds to the feeling that Smolin has not fully worked out how all of his ideas fit together...

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