What is Time?: The answer to the "ultimate paradox" Paperback – 24 Jun 2014
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The Wikipedia page on ‘time’ declares openly...
“Time has long been a major subject of study in religion, philosophy, and science, but defining it in a manner applicable to all fields without circularity has consistently eluded scholars.”
And it is this ‘circularity‘ that some experts in time may just accept as part of times nature. But in this book the author (Simon Morley ) systematically takes on the our definitions of time, and addresses and breaks down each in fine detail, clarifying just what our agreed definition of ‘time’ actually boils down to.
The book is very carefully researched and thought through, and this approach, of really taking our definitions to task is in my opinion very valid. For surely in our dictionaries we are stating our refined and accumulated, tried and tested knowledge as clearly and concisely as we can. And, I assume, all high end dictionary providers consult experts in particular fields where defining a term such as ‘time’ in its scientific sense. Therefore, it is perfectly valid to highlight what may possibly to be a web of not very stable, self supporting ‘circular’ reasoning ,spanning our dictionaries definitions of the number one noun in the English language.
I personally think there is a very strong case for the universe being ‘timeless’ , and this book shows one possible inroad into understanding how this can make logical sense, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in “the problem of time”, if only because it’s guaranteed to get the reader to reassess what we think we already ‘know’ about time, which, as the author points out the O.E.D. were still trying to clarify in their 34th entry.
(a brief history of timelessness)
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This "book" is 39 pages, including appendix, of poorly edited text in an attempt at "conversational style" that is hard to read. Worse than that, he has only a couple of ideas that aren't compelling - I suppose that is why it is 39 pages.
He says there is no such thing as time; time is only a framework for locating the procession of events. On the other hand, he believes space is a real thing as well as a framework for locating points. I don't see the distinction - they call it space-time for a reason. He is thoroughly wrapped around the axle because time is poorly defined, which is certainly true; however, he concludes that if you can't define something you can't measure it. Today physicists are attempting to measure the distribution of dark matter and dark energy even though they don't have the foggiest clue what those things are. Even though we can't define it, can't point to it, and have difficulty measuring it, it may still be a "real thing" - of course, I accept that the jury is still out.
The one point in the book that I agree with is that the second law of thermodynamics doesn't explain the arrow of time - only the shape of causality.
He claims to have single-handedly figured out time without a physicist in site. I agree with half of that. This should have been a blog entry rather than a book so you would feel that it was worth what you paid.