Inside Cover Blurb
- The bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics takes us on an enchanting journey to discover the meaning of time.
- 'We are time. We are this space, this plain 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.
- 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 théorique in Marseille, France. His books Seven Brief Lessons on Physics and Reality Is Not What It Seems are international bestsellers translated into forty-one languages.
- This book featured on a “Books for the Summer: 2018” reading list created by Wikipedia: Charles Leadbeater (Charles Leadbeater) and forwarded by my daughter Naomi.
- Charles Leadbetter's general introduction was “ If there is a theme to this list it is our relationship to time: we often go back in order to go forwards. Progress is rarely a straight line into the future, leaving behind a bad past. Going back is not without its risks however: nostalgia lurks at every turn. Yet increasingly it seems we want a version of progress that incorporates, respects, builds on the past rather than laying it to waste through unforgiving disruptive creative destruction. ”.
- On this book, his comment was “Let’s start then with Carlo Rovelli’s The Order of Time, an exploration of how our common intuitions about time - that it flows from past to future and in the process we create the memories that tether our identity – are at odds with the quantum science of time. One of Rovelli’s points is that time moves at different speeds in different places. Science supports our sense that how time passes depends on whether we see it. ”.
- My initial thoughts were “I’ve come across Carlo Rovelli on Aeon; not very impressed, and the correct understanding of time is very controversial, so Rovelli’s isn’t that of “science” but just one interpretation.”
- I must add that the thought that “Science supports our sense that how time passes depends on whether we see it” sounds like typical liberal-arts confusion, and I hope Rovelli doesn’t encourage it. Rovelli is a physicist, and that statement sounds like one from psychology.
Vintage; New Edition (6 Jan. 2005)
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