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About Time Paperback – 29 Apr 1996

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Product details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1st Simon & Schuster Pbk. Ed edition (29 April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684818221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684818221
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,509,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michio Kaku author of "Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension" It's about time someone wrote the definitive history of time...I can think of no one better than Paul Davies...Einstein himself would have been pleased.

Frederic Golden

"San Francisco Chronicle"

A stimulating -- indeed, timely -- read.



"Los Angeles Times"

Elegantly written and comprehensible, full of wonder and lucid explanation.



Will St. John

"Detroit Free Press"

The fun here is in the journey and Davies is an entertaining guide.



Michio Kaku

author of "Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension"

It's about time someone wrote the definitive history of time...I can think of no one better than Paul Davies...Einstein himself would have been pleased.



Frederic Golden "San Francisco Chronicle" A stimulating -- indeed, timely -- read.

"Los Angeles Times" Elegantly written and comprehensible, full of wonder and lucid explanation.

Will St. John "Detroit Free Press" The fun here is in the journey and Davies is an entertaining guide.

Los Angeles Times Elegantly written and comprehensible, full of wonder and lucid explanation.

Frederic Golden San Francisco Chronicle A stimulating -- indeed, timely -- read.

Michio Kaku author of Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension It's about time someone wrote the definitive history of time...I can think of no one better than Paul Davies...Einstein himself would have been pleased.

Will St. John Detroit Free Press The fun here is in the journey and Davies is an entertaining guide.

About the Author

PAUL DAVIES is Director of the Beyond Center at Arizona State University and the bestselling author of more than twenty books. He won the 1995 Templeton Prize for his work on the deeper meaning of science. His books include About Time, The Fifth Miracle, and The Mind of God.


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Time has become a huge subject, particularly since Hawking set pen to paper, and raised the popular science bar. Davis's book shows just how many aspects of time can be considered, and how many unanswered questions remain after Einstein and others blew the concept apart early in the 20th century.
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
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In this book Paul Davies provides a comprehensive, brilliant discussion of the nature of time. Beginning with Einstein's revolution which abolished the classical view of absolute time and space, Davies ranges widely into the scientific and philosophical ramifications of relativity. The bottom line is that our "common sense" notions of past, present, and future and our perception of time as flowng from present into future are distortions of reality. Instead of a flowing time that moves from present to future, time is actually a block of past, present, and future that is simply "there." The common sense notion of past, present, and future must be discarded if we are to understand the nature of time.Davies' discussion of time is exhaustive. And, while the book is difficult, particularly to a non-scientist like me, Davies has a gift for explaining very complex ideas in a way that a layperson can comprehend (but with effort; this is not casual reading!). Davies' prose is elegant and clear. He provides interesting insights into the lives of major scientific figures, particularly Einstein. And, he has a likable sense of humor. This book was a JOY TO READ.
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As an A-level student I found this book a great insight into the world of theoretical physics - expressed in lay terms. It doesn't take a great deal of scientific knowledge to understand the principles that Davies tries to convey, making this a very enjoyable and fascinating read.
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.
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Out of the 4 Paul Davies books I have read, while they all have been enjoyable this is probably his best. It is not a good place for new comers in popular physics to start but those with some basic knowledge will really enjoy this book.
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.
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This is a masterpiece. I have read all of the relativity/time books by Hawking, Feynman, Rohrlich, etc., and this is the best by far. It is extremely easy to understand, plus Davies presents ideas that most authors leave out (such as Wheeler's single particle universe). If you have any interest in relativity or the nature of time, read this one.
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If you've ever wondered what is time, where did it come from, does it flow, why does it seem to go in one direction, will it have an end, or is it slowing down, you'll not find your answers in Paul Davies' book "About Time." Neither are you likely to find your answers anywhere else. For me, the most profound knowledge that came from reading Davies' book is the reminder that we really don't know what time is. We live in it, experience it, but really - on a fundamental level - fail to comprehend it.
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.
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