The Order of Time
ISBN: 0735216118
EAN13: 9780735216112
Language: English
Publication Date: Dec 10, 2019
Pages: 256
Dimensions: 0.7086614" H x 7.283465" L x 4.76378" W
Weight: 0.4453338 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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One of TIME's Ten Best Nonfiction Books of the Decade

Meet the new Stephen Hawking . . . The Order of Time is a dazzling book. --The Sunday Times

From the bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, comes 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 Read More chevron_right

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