The Book of Time: The Secrets of Time, How it Works and How We Measure It

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Everything you need to know about the greatest mystery in the universe.

The Book of Time is a complete guide to one of the most important, paradoxical and truly mind-bending subjects there is. It explores every aspect of time, including how it works in the natural world and in our bodies, its significance in religion and philosophy, how we measure it and how it has been essential to our scientific understanding of the universe and everything in...

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Overview

Everything you need to know about the greatest mystery in the universe.

The Book of Time is a complete guide to one of the most important, paradoxical and truly mind-bending subjects there is. It explores every aspect of time, including how it works in the natural world and in our bodies, its significance in religion and philosophy, how we measure it and how it has been essential to our scientific understanding of the universe and everything in it.

Five sections of insightful text, color photographs and sidebars call on social and political history, science, religion, philosophy, psychology, physics, astronomy, commerce and the natural world to explore time from different perspectives, such as:

  • How time has been perceived through history, and why a minute can seem like an hour or an hour can seem like a second
  • How our experience of time is linked to the natural world — the sun, the moon, the tides, the seasons
  • When, why and how humans organized time into calendars, time zones and other arbitrary categories
  • How humans have measured time mechanically, from primitive water clocks and sundials to atomic clocks
  • How time is central to our quest to understand the universe and everything in it, including time travel and other unsolved mysteries.

Time can be billions of years or billionths of a second, but it is always passing ... Or is it? The Book of Time is a fascinating account of a universal mystery.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist - David Pitt
Designed for the general reader and replete with illustrations (some pages are almost entirely taken up by visuals), the book tackles the concept of time from a variety of perspectives... Glossy and slickly done—but without succumbing to superficiality—the book should appeal to readers who are approaching time as a big idea for the first time.
National Science Teachers Association - Elizabeth Hayward
Excellent graphics, photos, and captivating information keep the readers interest throughout [and] will encourage readers to question and investigate further.
Science Books and Film - George J. Flynn
Adam Hart-Davis has written an enthusiastic, accurate, nonmathematical discussion of time, intended for a general audience... An abundance of colorful illustrations support the text, aiding in the understanding of some of the more complex topics. Hart-Davis provides clear and accurate discussions of why humans needed to understand the progression of the seasons, why accurate clocks were critical to navigation on the world's oceans, and why the development of railroads required the standardization of time along the route... The Book of Time is a valuable reference that covers such a diversity of topics that interested readers are likely to be inspired to explore some of them in more detail.
RALPH - C. A. Amantea
Fun and filled with splendid pictures.
Science Books and Film
Best Books for Junior High and YA 2013
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554079056
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/13/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 796,619
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Hart-Davis is a scientist, author, photographer, historian and broadcaster. He is well known for his presentation of history television series in the UK, and he is the author of more than 25 books on a variety of scientific subjects.

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