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Time: A User's Guide [Paperback]

Stefan Klein
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3 April 2008

Why are there morning people and night people? How come time flies when you’re having fun and three minutes can sometimes seem an eternity? Would time exist if we didn’t measure it – and why is there never enough of it?

Our modern lives are ruled by minutes and hours. We race from one thing to the next, all of us believing on some level that a mysterious cosmic force called ‘time’ is ticking on. And it’s always in short supply.

But is the time we live really like that? Could there in fact be another, alternative version, entwined with the official one? Here Stefan Klein explores the hidden dimensions of time, looking at everything from when the present becomes the past to the tribe that see the future backwards, from when sex is best to why the years seem to speed by as we age. And he reveals how we can learn to live in harmony with the secret clock within us, altering our perceptions to transform our lives.

To be enjoyed in the morning or the evening (depending on your body clock), this book will make you think the next time you check your watch – and maybe even slow down a little.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (3 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141034637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141034638
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 391,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stefan Klein was born in Munich. He studied physics and philosophy at the universities of Munich and Grenoble and completed his PhD in biophysics in Freiburg. He has written for all of the large German-language newspapers and magazines. He was science editor of Der Spiegel from 1996-1999, and on-staff writer with GEO from 1999-2000. He is now a freelance writer in Berlin. He is considered one of the most influential science writers in German- speaking Europe. In 1998 he won the prestigious Georg von Holtzbrinck Prize for Scientific Journalism. His much-acclaimed slim volume The Diaries of Creation was published in 2000. His work The Science of Happiness has sold more than 300 000 copies in German alone since its release in 2002 and was translated into 24 languages.

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IT IS HARD to fathom how easily your customary sense of time can come apart at the seams until it happens to you, as I discovered when visiting a cave in the spring of 1996 at the invitation of Romanian scientists. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and very well written. 3 April 2009
I just finished this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. The subject matter is relevant for just about anyone and the quality of the information contained is outstanding. The writer does a great job of synthesizing easily accessible text from a variety of complex sources. This is definitely a book that will change how you view your day(s) and may bring you one step closer to living the kind of life you hope for.

It's not an over the top self-help book, but the conclusions reached by the author are a valuable addition to anyone's mental toolkit for dealing with the world, highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stimulating, Accessible, Instructive 19 July 2008
What more can I say?

Stefan Klein provides us with loads of fascinating facts and commentary based around time. It is not just about clock time but inner time, why time sometimes seems to go faster or slower, memory and how the mind works and ends with some simple self-help tips on how best to stop ourselves being ruled by the clock.

Results of scientific experiments and summaries of scientific papers are set out in such an accessible way that even non scientists like myself can understand what is being explained.

Anyone who enjoys reading for the sake of finding and being stimulated by new ideas will really appreciate this book.

Finally, congratulations to Penguin for the way they have bound and set out this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book! 23 July 2008
This is one of the best books I have read this year! Originally recommended in the FT weekend edition newspaper.

I was surprised at the level of scientific research that is referenced to his writing. Makes a big change then reading about views with no scientific rigour.

Very well structured and some brilliant pieces on Time and how to use it!
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By Jezza
Rather better than his book on the science of happiness - I found myself reading bits of this out aloud to my partner. Lots of interesting anecdotes, not too heavy with the science, and some useful practical advice. What more do you want?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Much like a soup dish 17 Sep 2009
By CraigAS
Like a soup dish this book is wide and shallow. Nothing is ever discussed in anything but the most cursory detail. The translation is poor, replete with grammatical errors. Klein writes in a lazy, hand-waving style that never really explains anything to the reader. A great shame, since the bibliography is full of some of the most interesting neuroscience of recent times. The impoverished text itself makes you wonder whether he has read or understood any of it.
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