The Order of Time

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Penguin Books Limited, 26 apr. 2018 - 224 pagina's

'A dazzling book ... the new Stephen Hawking' Sunday Times

The bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics takes us on an enchanting, consoling journey to discover the meaning of time


'We are time. We are this space, this clearing opened by the traces of memory inside the connections between our neurons. We are memory. We are nostalgia. We are longing for a future that will not come.'

Time is a mystery that does not cease to puzzle us. Philosophers, artists and poets have long explored its meaning while scientists have found that its structure is different from the simple intuition we have of it. From Boltzmann to quantum theory, from Einstein to loop quantum gravity, our understanding of time has been undergoing radical transformations. Time flows at a different speed in different places, the past and the future differ far less than we might think, and the very notion of the present evaporates in the vast universe.

With his extraordinary charm and sense of wonder, bringing together science, philosophy and art, Carlo Rovelli unravels this mystery. Enlightening and consoling, The Order of Time shows that to understand ourselves we need to reflect on time -- and to understand time we need to reflect on ourselves.

Translated by Simon Carnell and Erica Segre

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Gebruikersrecensie  - BenKline - LibraryThing

A beautiful treatise on time. Though Carlo's usage of flowery language at times disrupts from his actual point and purpose, the message is still clear through it. Entropy = time. Time is nothing more ... Volledige review lezen

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Gebruikersrecensie  - dmturner - LibraryThing

An elegant and surprisingly readable discussion of the nature of time and whether it actually exists aside from the basics of human nature and the stubborn brain’s constant production of memory and anticipation. Volledige review lezen

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Over de auteur (2018)

Carlo Rovelli is a theoretical physicist who has made significant contributions to the physics of space and time. He has worked in Italy and the US, and is currently directing the quantum gravity research group of the Centre de physique thťorique in Marseille, France. His books Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, Reality Is Not What It Seems and The Order of Time are international bestsellers which have been translated into forty-one languages.

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