What is Time? The Classic Account of Nature of Time

What is Time? The Classic Account of Nature of Time

by G. J. Whitrow, Marlene P. Soulsby
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198607814

ISBN-13: 9780198607816

Pub. Date: 03/27/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

G. J. Whitrow (1912-2000) begins this classic exploration of the nature of time with a story about a Russian poet, visiting London before the First World War. The poet's English was not too good and when he asked a man in the street, 'Please, what is time?' he received the response, 'But that's a philosophical question. Why ask me?'.
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G. J. Whitrow (1912-2000) begins this classic exploration of the nature of time with a story about a Russian poet, visiting London before the First World War. The poet's English was not too good and when he asked a man in the street, 'Please, what is time?' he received the response, 'But that's a philosophical question. Why ask me?'.
Starting from this simple anecdote, Professor Whitrow takes us on a good-humored and wide-ranging tour of the thing that clocks keep (more or less). He discusses how our ideas of time originated; how far they are inborn in plants and animals; how time has been measured, from sundial and hourglass to the caesium clock, and whether time possesses a beginning, a direction, and an end. He coaxes the diffident layman to contemplate with pleasure the differences between cyclic, linear, biological, cosmic, and space-time, and he provides frequent diversions into fascinating topics such as the Mayan calendar, the migration of birds, the dances of bees, precognition, and the short, crowded lives of mu-mesons, particles produced by cosmic-ray showers that exist for just two millionths of a second.

This reissue of the classic and authoritative What is Time? includes a new introduction by Dr J. T. Fraser, founder of the International Society for the Study of Time, and a bibliographic essay by Dr Fraser and Professor M. P. Soulsby of the Pennsylvania State University.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198607816
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/27/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
997,616
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction, Dr J. T. Fraser
1. The Origin of Our Idea of Time
2. Time and Ourselves
3. Biological Clocks
4. The Measurement of Time
5. Time and Relativity
6. Time, Gravitation and the Universe
7. The Origin and Arrow of Time
8. The Significance of Time
Appendix: Temporal Order in Special Relativity
Bibliography, Dr J. T. Fraser and Professor M. P. Soulsby
Index

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