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The Book of Time: The Secrets of Time, How it Works and How We Measure It [Hardcover]

Adam Hart-Davis
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3 Oct 2011
In The Book of Time we see how philosophers, religions and scientists have tried to explain time as everything from a perfect cycle to ever-increasing chaos. We see how time works in the natural world and in our own bodies and minds, and how we've tried to measure it - first with calendars, then with increasingly sophisticated devices, from the Ancient Indian ghati and to the latest atomic clock.And from Aristotle to Einstein, we explore how time has been essential for scientists in their quest to understand the universe and everything in it. Not forgetting the deliciously weird world of time travel, explaining what is fact and what is fiction. This is the kind of book that you can dip into or read in depth - but either way we promise time will just fly by...

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (3 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845335619
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845335618
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 20 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An illustrated guide to the biggest of the 'big ideas' by one of the UK's best loved scientists and historians. Adam Hart-Davis is the author of 27 informative and entertaining books on science and history which have collectively sold more than 110,000 copies. Time is explained in an accessible way that makes it the perfect illustrated guide for fans of popular science.

About the Author

Adam Hart-Davis is a scientist, author, photographer, historian and broadcaster, well-known for presenting the BBC television series "Local Heroes" and "What the Romans Did for Us" (and spinoff series on the Victorians, the Tudors, the Stuarts, and the Ancients). He was also a co-presenter of "Tomorrow's World", and presented "Science Shack". His most recent book is Science: The Definitive Visual History (Dorling Kindersley).

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4.0 out of 5 stars A good, fun overview 9 Oct 2011
When I was at school, science teachers were dull, dusty individuals who smelled faintly of cabbage. Happily, Adam Hart-Davis conforms to none of these stereotypes, and The Book of Time is written with the same infectious enthusiasm and technical accuracy that he brings to his TV appearances. It's not just about science, either. Randomly opening the book, I'm presented with articles about Time and Buddhism, the Mayan calendar, Egyptian notions of time, and early clocks. Irrespective of your level of background knowledge, it's easy to dip into the pages for a few minutes and come away knowing something that you didn't know before.

Added to this are high production values and accessibility. Virtually every page is illustrated with full-colour photographs, and the text is written as a series of short, magazine-style articles which are grouped around the themes of "What is Time?", "Nature's Clocks", "Setting the Time", "Measuring Time", and "Time and Science". If you imagine a slightly-more-luxurious Doring Kindersley book then you'll have a rough idea of what to expect.

Because the book's written for a general audience it does tend to favour simplicity over depth, and it's certainly not a competitor to heavyweights like The Universe in a Nutshell. However, it's not intended to be, and it should appeal to a wide range of age groups from budding scientists through to dusty old former-cabbage-smellers like myself. My only gripe lies with the typesetting, which occasionally takes the magazine format to extremes and becomes zany just for the sake of it. That aside, this is a very appealing book, and Hart-Davis' bubbly prose style makes it an easy and pleasurable read. I liked it.
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