Introducing Time: A Graphic Guide

Craig Callender & Ralph Edney

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What is time? The 5th-century philosopher St Augustine famously said that he knew what time was, so long as no one asked him.

Introducing Time tackles this question and dares to go where augustine would not. it traces the history of time from augustine to the flowing time of Newton, the ‘conventional time’ of Poincaré, Einstein’s static time, and then to the idea that there is no time in quantum gravity.

Is time a fourth dimension similar to space or does it ‘flow’ in some sense? and if it flows, does it make sense to say how fast? does the future exist? is time travel possible? Why does time seem to pass in only one direction?

These questions and others are among the deepest and most subtle that one can ask, and Craig Callender and Ralph Edney present them in introducing’s trademark easily accessible, lucid and engaging style.

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What is time? The 5th-century philosopher St Augustine famously said that he knew what time was, so long as no one asked him.

Introducing Time tackles this question and dares to go where augustine would not. it traces the history of time from augustine to the flowing time of Newton, the ‘conventional time’ of Poincaré, Einstein’s static time, and then to the idea that there is no time in quantum gravity.

Is time a fourth dimension similar to space or does it ‘flow’ in some sense? and if it flows, does it make sense to say how fast? does the future exist? is time travel possible? Why does time seem to pass in only one direction?

These questions and others are among the deepest and most subtle that one can ask, and Craig Callender and Ralph Edney present them in introducing’s trademark easily accessible, lucid and engaging style.

  • Author: Craig Callender & Ralph Edney
  • Editor: n/a
  • Publisher: Icon Books
  • ISBN: 978-184831-120-6

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