- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (25 April 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140174613
- ISBN-13: 978-0140174618
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About Time: Einstein's Unfinished Revolution (Penguin Science) Paperback – 25 Apr 1996
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'Intriguing and important... a fascinating discussion of why Einstein's can
be the last word on the subject' -- Independent on Sunday
'Sublime stuff for armchair physicists' -- Guardian
'A tour of some of the most exciting - and outlandish - work in
modern physics... Writing with passion and wit, he lets his scientific
message shine through'
-- New Statesman
About the Author
Paul Davies is an internationally acclaimed physicist, writer and broadcaster, now based in South Australia. He is the author of some twenty award-winning books, including The Mind of God and The Fifth Miracle: The Search for the Origin of Life.
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Each chapter is largely self-contained, is intelligent and accesible, and manages not to patronise - a flaw of so much of the popular science genre. The scientist biographies are there of course, as are the obligatory Feynman diagrams, but what sets this apart from similar books are the chapters on perception. "What time is now" is superbly thought-provoking, as it explores how our minds perceive each moment of time... novel and just a little frightening
His explanations of Einstein's Special and General Theories of Relativity are concise and explained rigorously using conceivable scenarios. I enjoyed this very much and hope that others will enjoy this book as much as I did.
It deals mostly with trying to explain Einstein's concept of time and space and the importance it has on understanding our world. It does, however, deal a lot with time in the quantum world, which is where the book is at its best, this is of course seperate from Einstein's own dislike for many of the concepts (such as total randomness) used in Quantum physics. That said it is Davies' intention to show the importance of spacetime in all aspects of the universe.
For anyone interested in what exactly is meant by spacetime, and what this implies, this is definately the book for you.
Davies has subtitled his book "Einstein's unfinished revolution," and he does an excellent job of exposing the reader to some of the unexpected (from a common-sense point of view) conclusions we draw about time from the special and general theories of relativity. He offers an interesting historical perspective on the life of Einstein, and how he developed his theories. Davies also provides some interesting background on experiments that have validated Einstein's space-time, reviewing the qualitative results from some of the more important experiments.
After this introduction to the non-universal time of relativity, Davies takes us to the ultimate time machine: black holes. He offers some interesting explanations about what an imaginary traveler to a black hole might see looking out, and how we - looking in - might view the hapless victim as she neared the event horizon.
As the book progresses, conclusions and examples become less and less concrete. Relative time is a proven fact, and most physicists consider black holes a foregone conclusion. From there, Davies takes us to the very root of some of the biggest issues in cosmology: the origin of time and the age of the universe.Read more ›
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Excellent ... but is there any point in paying for and 'then' (so to speak) reading something you have already read?Published on 14 Sept. 2014 by Arthur Thistlewood
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My 1995 edition, although written in the author's usual forthright and entertaining way, does contain a few basic errors. Read morePublished on 26 Nov. 2012 by petercw5
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