Why Time Flies

Why Time Flies

A Mostly Scientific Investigation

eBook - 2017
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"[ Why Time Flies ] captures us. Because it opens up a well of fascinating queries and gives us a glimpse of what has become an ever more deepening mystery for humans: the nature of time." -- The New York Times Book Review

"Erudite and informative, a joy with many small treasures." -- Science

"Time" is the most commonly used noun in the English language; it's always on our minds and it advances through every living moment. But what is time, exactly? Do children experience it the same way adults do? Why does it seem to slow down when we're bored and speed by as we get older? How and why does time fly?

In this witty and meditative exploration, award-winning author and New Yorker staff writer Alan Burdick takes readers on a personal quest to understand how time gets in us and why we perceive it the way we do. In the company of scientists, he visits the most accurate clock in the world (which exists only on paper); discovers that "now" actually happened a split-second ago; finds a twenty-fifth hour in the day; lives in the Arctic to lose all sense of time; and, for one fleeting moment in a neuroscientist's lab, even makes time go backward. Why Time Flies is an instant classic, a vivid and intimate examination of the clocks that tick inside us all.
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, [2017]
ISBN: 9781451677010
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Sep 24, 2017

The psychology of time perception must be one of the most frustrating and confusing disciplines around. The author makes a sterling effort to make sense of it all but not entitely successfully.

This is a good and fascinating (light) study of human and non-human perceptions of time and temporality. It's a fairly easy read and covers a lot of territories. However, it doesn't cover everything. Much of the analysis is on human subjects who can see and hear, children, and a bit about old folks. But it doesn't talk at all about how time is perceived by the blind or the deaf, for example. Still, it is worth a read. It gives you stuff to think about.

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