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- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 9 July 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LNI2K8S
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Having taken a good look before wrapping, I can heartily recommend Bardon's book for relative beginners -- it deals remarkably concisely and clearly with what is undoubtedly a difficult and elusive subject. In my opinion, Robin le Poidevin's "Travels in Four Dimensions" was previously the best introduction available, but although more sophisticated in its treatment of certain aspects, it also lacks some of the historical background and so probably requires more in the way of a philosophical background to be fully accessible.
If you do, and you break down the many varied uses of the word time you can separate them all into two distinct core meanings:-
1. Time is an abstract referencing framework for calibrating and indexing events (and intervals i.e. change), and
2. Time is also a non-specific collective term (mass noun) which refers to events (i.e. a non-specific collection of events).
So events determine time (events are the underlying fundamental). And that makes time explainable outside of itself – one of these two definitions will always hold – it is very powerful.
And as interval [or period, duration] and persistence can be explained by reference to events (and not to time) that makes time a redundant word.
Too many assertions are made about time by supposedly eminent academics, whilst apparently still in search of its meaning. How does that work? How can they make an assertion about something they’ve either not yet fully defined, or empirically evidenced? [...]