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Craig Callender , Ralph Edney
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6 May 2010 Introducing...
What is time? The 5th-century philosopher St Augustine famously said that he knew what time was, so long as no one asked him. Is time a fourth dimension similar to space or does it flow in some sense? And if it flows, does it make sense to say how fast? Does the future exist? Is time travel possible? Why does time seem to pass in only one direction?These questions and others are among the deepest and most subtle that one can ask, but "Introducing Time" presents them - many for the first time - in an easily accessible, lucid and engaging manner, wittily illustrated by Ralph Edney.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd (6 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848311206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848311206
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 11.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Craig Callander teaches philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. Ralph Edney is a well-established graphic artist whose other introducing titles include Relativity.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and Readable 17 Jun 2008
Introducing Time presents you with the questions that have perplexed human beings for centuries - Is time merely in the head? When does time end and is time travel possible?

Craig Callender and Ralph Edney attempt to tackle these questions (and more) in a readable and exciting look at the science and history of time.
It begins with the 5th century philosopher Augustine of Hippo's question "What is time?" and then takes us on a tour of time hypotheses up until Stephen Hawking's theories in the 21st century.

The book covers everything from time keeping devices and biological clocks to the ideas of Newtonian time, the fourth dimension, space-time, Einstein's relativity, wormholes, the law of entropy and statistical mechanics.

Along the way, the authors discuss what might happen if we were to travel back in time and kill our younger selves - would we still exist, or would we vanish? Could we stop Abraham Lincoln's murder or assassinate Hitler? What would happen if time went into reverse, and is that even possible?

The authors also make mention of sci-fi films and books such as the Terminator, Back to the Future and Philip K. Dick's Counter-Clock World, where they discuss if the plots of these stories are logically possible.

If you have ever wondered about things like these, then this book will present you with the most up to date ideas on these topics within the scientific community. Black and white cartoons and drawings illustrate every page, which makes these topics easily digestible.

This is probably the most accessible book on this subject for the layman. It presents fascinating, mind boggling and often paradoxical ideas such as a 'never ending finite space' and the idea that the universe sprang into existence 5 seconds ago in a way that anyone could understand.

A terrific book, and one of the best in the 'Introducing' series. Thoroughly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars TIME REVEALS ALL 23 Aug 2002
Excellent!!!Easy and entertaining to read!!!Fully illustrated in comic like fashion (black & white) it helps to unravel and understand the concept of TIME.It begins with a tour of the definition of TIME by history's most famous scientists to modern day concept of the possiblity of TIME TRAVEL.Although it trys hard to remain as lay man in approach as possible,in the last chapters it becomes a more complicated subject when faced with theories which are basically impossible to simplify.
All in all an interesting and fresh approach to a subject which intrigues many but is read by few because of its scientific jargon.At last a book one can understand and fully enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely entertaining and stimulating 21 Sep 2010
I thought this was a hugely entertaining and stimulating book. My mind boggled as I wrestled with the various philosophicaal conundrums associated with time. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another AGG hit 3 Dec 2012
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Simply good. It does exactly what it says on the cover. Accessible by people of all levels of science understanding.
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