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Ticking Away, the Moments that Make Up a Dull Day,
This review is from: Time Warped: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception (Paperback)
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Since time immemorial (not literally, that only dates from 1189), man has been fascinated by time. Prior to the development of the watch/clock, the ancients measured time by sundial, or by sand-timers, or by the rate at which water fell, or by how long an episode of the excutiating 'TOWIE' seemed to last. Here, journalist and broadcaster Claudia Hammond becomes the latest person to try to get a handle on the concept of time. The fact that she introduces a bit of cutting-edge psychology and biology to the mix indicates a modern approach that's a little more in-depth, even 'way out there', than your usual book on the subject - while her title 'Time Warped' hints at a science fictional trope.
Some of the book is anecdotal, it also contains plenty of theorizing together with lots of observations and conclusions from the results of experimentation. Claudia herself is an urbane guide - always interesting and lucid, even when pulling together some fairly abstruse bits of thinking on the nature and perception of time.
On that topic, we've all experienced the sensation of time appearing to 'drag' when we're in the middle of, say, an algebra lesson, while an enjoyable party seems to be over in a flash. This phenomenon is discussed and explained at length while the author even attempts to tell you how to manage your time better. You might wish to try my own technique for doing this if you're a teenager - simply don't spend so much time fannying about online or playing with your XBox. There, that didn't hurt, did it?
In summary, the book is a fairly light - as in not particularly heavy (but does time, have mass? - a: It can do) - read, whose aim is to shift plenty of units - which no doubt it will. At last, a popular book to read on the beach, that doesn't insult the intelligence!
BTW the book is NOT a hardcover - as stated above.