Why Time Flies

Why Time Flies

A Mostly Scientific Investigation

Book - 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 langua≥ 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 & Schuster, [2017]
ISBN: 9781416540274
141654027X
9781416540281
1416540288
Branch Call Number: 529.2 B951w 2017
Characteristics: pages cm

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multcolib_karene Feb 15, 2017

A fascinating personal and scientific exploration of time. (Though I didn't have quite enough time to finish reading it before it was due...)


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multcolib_karene Feb 15, 2017

A fascinating personal and scientific exploration of time. (Though I didn't have quite enough time to finish reading it before it was due...)

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