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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.
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!
This book is a true philosophical and/or freethinking feast. Every page, or double page, offers a view that lights up another angle of what is and was out there in terms of understanding the time. The basic philosophical quest is still firmly here. Questions like is there a time? and if yes how it behaves, standing or moving? and if moving how fast? in which direction? has been answered many different ways. So technically, there is no one particular view tat rules out all the others, and the debate is still on.
In the end, it's only a question of choosing right concepts that appeal to you, and try to understand them to the ground, so you can see the point clearly. And then the more clear points you can see, the more options you have to choose for yourself, which ones are more realistic, and which ones less. This gives the reader the exercise in imagination, streching it out a litlle bit. I recommend that you will try it out for yourself to see which concepts ring the bell, and which sound totally useless and immature. It's worth the journey.
Basically, the book spends most of its time talking about the human perception of time and how we have described or mis-described this idea in various areas of the media. There is way too much space used to discuss the paradoxes which are basically associated with time travel into the past and it spends very little of its `time' actually discussing the scientific aspects of time. There are various comments in the text which are used to describe problems with the history of time but they are so loosely defined that again, for scientists (and in particular, physicists), they become irritating. For example, the difference between tensed and tenseless time is explains but then when problems are discussed (like McTaggart's Argument on pages 46-47, the descriptions are poorly described and so, the problems easily ignored).
The two main attempts are through relativity and the concept of entropy. When discussing Relativity the book tries to discuss `frames of reference' and `simultaneity' but the descriptions are very poorly described - you would be much better reading the first half of the Elegant Universe - ignored the last 40% - the discussion of string theory itself is very lose.
Spacetime is very poorly described and the possible solutions to Einstein's equation of General Relativity are discussed for a universe which does not have the cosmological principle as its basis and are very questionable.Read more ›
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I was a little disappointed with this book. As others have stated the cartoons were virtually unreadable. Besides that, I found the book difficult to read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John
I guess this book is very good but I couldn't understand much of what it contained - several terms that I have never encountered before - and found them difficult to grasp. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
A slow introduction leading to some fascinating concepts. Novel illustrations. Presented in a light hearted way - easy to follow and captivating reading on an interesting... Read morePublished 20 months ago by eddierifff
I love the Introducing series and this book on time is excellent. Covers all of the main subject areas to do with time, is easy to read and well laid out. Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2013 by Pablova
Simply good. It does exactly what it says on the cover. Accessible by people of all levels of science understanding.Published on 3 Dec. 2012 by GlobalTrucker
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