In Search of Time: The Science of a Curious Dimension

In Search of Time: The Science of a Curious Dimension By Dan Falk, In Search of Time The Science of a Curious Dimension 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 myste
  • Title: In Search of Time: The Science of a Curious Dimension
  • Author: Dan Falk
  • ISBN: 9780312374785
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In Search of Time: The Science of a Curious Dimension By Dan Falk, 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 graTime 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.
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    1. Dan Falk

      I m a science journalist, author, and broadcaster based in Toronto, Canada I ve written three books so far My first book, Universe on a T Shirt, looked at the quest for a unified theory of physics, while In Search of Time explored the physics and philosophy of time.I m very excited about my new book, The Science of Shakespeare, to be published this April This time I turn the clock back 400 years, investigating the period we now call the Scientific Revolution, and looking at the interplay between science and literature in the age of Shakespeare.The book is published in the U.S by St Martin s Press and in Canada by Goose Lane.Visit my website at danfalk I d love to hear what you think of my books

    800 thoughts on “In Search of Time: The Science of a Curious Dimension”


    1. Falk is a science journalist The subtitle of In Search of Time is Journeys Along a Curious Dimension These two facts lead to an obvious conclusion This book is mostly about physics No surprises there However, the first few chapters a pretty light on science Falk talks about time from an anthropological and historical stand point He discusses how different societies in history interpreted time and how they measured it He talks about the first calendars and the first clocks This is all quite good [...]


    2. He interviewd Barbour, Deutsch, and Penrose for this , but had no real idea what to ask them Also you can probably skip the first five chapters


    3. It s too bad that the author and I are so far as I know completely unrelated I m sure his research would make for fascinating conversation fodder at Thanksgivings In any case, and aside from a few redundant chapters at the end that retread material covered on the opening pages, Falk s book is an ideal bedtime companion that affords a fine evening read aloud In Search Of takes on diverse aspects of how we understand, perceive, observe, and describe time everything from the technological and socio [...]


    4. Falk gets the pendulum swinging by taking his reader s back to prehistoric times, and his best guesses based upon anthropology and archaeology at how early humans gazed into the cosmos, noticed the circular patterns of stars, moon and the sun, and created a notion of time that was vaguely agreed upon with certain cultures throughout history providing an intriguing spin on the logical progression from then to now and onto later Despite the variety of interpretations, the general consensus is that [...]


    5. Very interesting The book brings the slippery business of time out for a brief look I found the discussions and examples interesting.


    6. Dan Falk s In Search of Time is a thoroughly approachable and enjoyable review of what physicists and philosophers are able to tell us about the nature of time, an aspect of life that we take for granted as obvious and understooduntil you start to look at it closely Falk covers every aspect of time from ancient attempts to build astronomical clocks and the development of mechanical time keepers to Einstein s theories of relativity that shattered the illusion of any absolute standard for now and [...]


    7. Having just finished this book, I meant to take advantage of my Now to record my thoughts, before they are lost to the perhaps illusory past.Falk s treatment of time is roughly chronological, appropriate if somewhat alarming I spent a good deal of the book thinking I had mistook a bit of popular science for a treatment of the social and cultural perceptions of time through the ages Those, while interesting, were not my primary interest As with all history, however, Falk manages to spend as much [...]


    8. This is a very good, recent book about just how little we really understand about the nature of time If you ve read a lot of books on the history of science, the first couple of chapters will seem a bit repetitive, as it covers ground that most books of that sort cover It explains how we ve improved our ability to measure time from the seasonal cycles and stone circles of the ancients to modern atomic clocks There s a good discussion of Newton s views on time as compared to Einstein s There are [...]


    9. I will probably edit this later with details but I just have to write something real quick.After two years of initially starting it and never being able to get through, I finally finished it for the first time and I loooove the book I m probably going to read sections over again in the near future I took so many notes in my book that I want to go back to.I definitely recommend this read for those who want to get a basic exposure to concepts of time through the lenses of different studies The in [...]


    10. I feel slightly cheated, as this book s subtitle says with my emphasis the SCIENCE of a curious dimension, but the actual science of time content was minimal, probably less than 1 8th of the book, and the majority of that was an overview of the ramifications of special relativity nothing you wouldn t have already heard about if you took freshman physics in college or read pretty much ANY other book that touched on the topic The rest was made up of what I considered mildly interesting filler, con [...]


    11. The main topic of this book is time At first it covers the cultural aspects of time which I found very interesting The author tells about how various cultures interpreted time and used it and how that changed over the centuries About 1 3 of the way through the book it shifted to modern physics and relativity This section was only mildly interesting The combination of a very complicated science combined with history of fairly dull scientists made for some pretty slow reading One serious issue I h [...]


    12. A good and absorbing read There is nothing new here that I have not encountered in diverse other reads, either in books or magazines, but this pulls together many threads to make a whole cloth of our view of time That is the wonder of this book.The reader gets to consider time not just in terms of clock mechanics, physics, and mathematics but in every day life, in philosophy, in sociology, in psychology, in history, in religion, and Various human cultures respond differently to time and interpr [...]


    13. nothing really new hear, but a great overall view of the history, philosophy, and science of time Falk s own struggle against the idea that time is an illusion which modern physics seems to point toward makes for some of the best reading of the bookthe illusory view of time brought to the fore of physics, in large measure, by Einstein s theory of relativity time is just another dimension like the 3 dimensions of space all moments in time exist simultaneously just like all places in space exist s [...]


    14. This book presents the history of how humans have approached Time It starts with the development of the calendar and goes from there to Time as the fourth dimension It started rather slow, got stronger, then fizzled As a lay person when it comes to physics, I did think this book was much clearly written than others I ve encountered It didn t flow well for me though The book felt like a series of articles loosely thrown together as chapters in a book with interviews that didn t always fit well I [...]


    15. This book provides a good overview of the current thinking about time I enjoyed the insight into how time has been thought about throughout the ages Dan Falk includes numerous perspectives on the subject and provides a lot to ponder.The author does not shy away from unconventional thinking such as whether time travel is possible, or that time itself may be an illusion caused by how we perceive the world He provides both scientific and philosophical backing for these ideas Regardless of your pers [...]


    16. I haven t read any other books on this subject, so I cannot fairly compare it to them However, I thought Dan Falk did an excellent job in presenting all of the information and walking through the history time in a swell way Anyone a little bit interested in time or the idea of thinking deeper in a seeming commonplace subject should definitely think about reading this book.I am also happy to say that man physicists of today believe if time does indeed exist, it is not in the everyday way we think [...]


    17. This book presents a history of time, with a heavy focus on physics and how physicists throughout history have approached and tried to conceptualize and explain time The author does an excellent job of presenting a wide variety of both contemporary and historical perceptions of time I enjoyed reading this book because it provided some food for thought on how I understand and conceptualize time I recommend it to anyone who finds the concept of time fascinating and wants to learn what others have [...]


    18. Falk is a science journalist whose style is easy to read He covers not to make a joke here time past, present and future The early chapters cover the history of clocks and measuring time which I found quite interesting I also liked the parts where he got into the physics of time, which was a bit dense for me but through no fault of Falk s, the subject matter itself is difficult to grasp All in all, I d call it a good read.


    19. Standard general science reader fare Interesting subject though meditated upon using the perspectives of a variety of disciplines Well enough written to make me interested in checking out Dan Falk s first book, The Universe on a T Shirt, as I found the interviews and writings about physicists and cosmology to be the better part of In Search of Time.


    20. Great overview of time and space Includes perspectives from many disciplines such as philosophy physics, and everything in between Easy to read, and the author takes what could be a dry book and makes it entertaining I need to check out his previous book, Universe on a T Shirt, and make my way through some of the reference books he cites.


    21. Covers the basic for two thirds of the book, and finally only gets interesting the last third Probably best for strict beginners only The best past was near the end when the author finally explores the idea that time make be a human concept only, an illusion, with no basis in reality a concept I fully believe and wished would have been thoroughly explored.


    22. You need a little bit of history, a little bit of science and a little bit of philosophy to follow all that s going on If you ve got all that, it s fantastic I found the higher level discussion about physic and string theory just out of my reach, but everything else was accessible for the layperson.


    23. Time is complicated but interesting Dan Falk marches us through time giving us a history of human understanding of time from paleohistory to now The most 8nteresting part was the description of the difference s between Newtonian and Einsteinian views of time and the sciences that flowed from those views It doesn t read like a dry textbook, but does make you stretch you brain.


    24. Easy to read for the layman if a bit dense and hard to get through at times, Falk takes us on an incredible walk through time We are lead through philosophical, scientific, religious and existential debates and introduced to a fascinating new world where time cannot and will not be taken for granted.


    25. It is also rather intriguing that the fate of the universe billions upon billions of years in the future is actually clearer to us than the fate of our own civilization A great read, full of thought provoking ideas, and based on broad research into many fields generally thought to be unrelated.


    26. I really like books like Falk s that challenge me to think about the world in ways that seem counterintuitive I believe and that the real world runs counter to our intuitions as useful as they may be and that I am improved somehow by questioning or at least being suspicious of my certainties.


    27. The title doesn t lie, this book is about time How we understand time, how different cultures observe time If your the kind of person who is curious about most things this book is for you Its a fascinating read.


    28. So, it turns out that nobody knows what time is No wonder that advances in physics have balked It seems that most time scientists have come to the conclusion that time is actually a psychological illusion Are they pulling our leg


    29. Time is an illusion That it.Oh, you get the history of time, clocks, calendars, and the like, which was the best part, but then you move into all the theoretical stuff and the above consensus is reached All in all, it was still interesting.


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