The Order of Time

The Order of Time

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"From the bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, a concise, elegant exploration of time… Why do we remember the past and not the future? What does it mean for time to 'flow'? Do we exist in time or does time exist in us? In lyric, accessible prose, Carlo Rovelli invites us to consider questions about the nature of time that continue to puzzle physicists and philosophers alike. For most readers this is unfamiliar terrain. We all experience time, but the more scientists learn about it, the more mysterious it remains. We think of it as uniform and universal, moving steadily from past to future, measured by clocks. Rovelli tears down these assumptions one by one, revealing a strange universe where at the most fundamental level time disappears. He explains how the theory of quantum gravity attempts to understand and give meaning to the resulting extreme landscape of this timeless world. Weaving together ideas from philosophy, science and literature, he suggests that our perception of the flow of time depends on our perspective, better understood starting from the structure of our brain and emotions than from the physical universe. Already a bestseller in Italy, and written with the poetic vitality that made Seven Brief Lessons on Physics so appealing, The Order of Time offers a profoundly intelligent, culturally rich, novel appreciation of the mysteries of time." -- Description provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780735216105
Branch Call Number: 530.11 Ro
Characteristics: 240 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Alternative Title: Ordine del tempo


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Apr 09, 2019

I just finished the audiobook version, then listened again as the ideas he presents are novel, entertaining and fascinating, I wish we had more audiobooks of this calibre in our ORL.

To make it even more enjoyable, the narrators voice is so "listenable". He reads evenly with lovely elocution.

A must read for those interested in their own inner being.

Feb 12, 2019

A well thought out and interesting perspective on well known and accepted concepts of time. Such as the consideration of the limits of mental awareness vs the speed of light to define a realm of indistinguishable instantaneous "now". spoiler alert: it's the size of the earth. Many more interesting ways of looking at time. Great although sometimes laborious analogies to help you wrap your head around these novel ways of looking at time. No previous experience necessary, but an understanding and belief in special relativity will help. Overall great work. Can't wait to check out more from this author.

Dec 23, 2018

physics for poets - extraordinary

Dec 20, 2018


Oct 20, 2018

fascinating ... time as we think of it doesn't exist

Jun 03, 2018

Rovelli is a brilliant physicist, working at the extreme cutting edge of contemporary science--quantum-gravity theory. He is also a magician. This book pretty much demolishes everything we think we know about time, yet the author magically guides the reader through the most difficult realms of physics and philosophy as easily as if we were reading a storybook. A breathtaking read.


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