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Dan Falk

In Search of Time

You probably have to juggle you time to fit in everything you want to do, but have you ever wanted a look at time from a wider perspective - how it how it has been measured and how it has been viewed in different cultures and at different points in history. If so then you might like to read In Search of Time: The Science of a Curious Dimension by Dan Falk

Falk looks at how ancient cultures built strudtures such as Stonehenge to keep track of the calendar, and at how clocks have developed, from sundials to the latest atomic clocks. He discusses how some cultures are 'slaves of the clock', whilst others have a more easygoing attitude, and there is a chapter on memory - how we recollect what happened to us years ago. The book goes on to look at the science of time - Newton, Einstein, and how the ages of the Earth and of the Universe have been measured. There is a discussion of the far future, and the book ends with a look at philosophical ideas about time.

Falk covers a lot of material in the book, but it never seems rushed. However, I didn't find it a particularly memorable book. Maybe its because I've read quite a few similar books, and this one doesn't go very deeply into any topic - its more useful as a general overview of the area. It would also provide a pleasant way of whiling away a few hours. info
Hardcover 352 pages  
ISBN: 031237478X
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Published: 2008 Thomas Dunne Books
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Time surrounds us. It defines our experience of the world; it echoes through our every waking hour. Time is the very foundation of conscious experience.  Yet as familiar as it is, time is also deeply mysterious. We cannot see, hear, smell, taste, or touch it. Yet we do feel it—or at least we think we feel it. No wonder poets, writers, philosophers, and scientists have grappled with time for centuries.

            In his latest book, award-winning science writer Dan Falk chronicles the story of how humans have come to understand time over the millennia, and by drawing from the latest research in physics, psychology, and other fields, Falk shows how that understanding continues to evolve. In Search of Time begins with our earliest ancestors’ perception of time and the discoveries that led—with much effort—to the Gregorian calendar, atomic clocks, and “leap seconds.” Falk examines the workings of memory, the brain’s remarkable “bridge across time,” and asks whether humans are unique in their ability to recall the past and imagine the future. He explores the possibility of time travel, and the paradoxes it seems to entail. Falk looks at the quest to comprehend the beginning of time and how time—and the universe—may end. Finally, he examines the puzzle of time’s “flow,” and the remarkable possibility that the passage of time may be an illusion.

Entertaining, illuminating, and ultimately thought provoking, In Search of Time reveals what some of our most insightful thinkers have had to say about time, from Aristotle to Kant, from Newton to Einstein, and continuing with the brightest minds of today.