The Order of Time

The Order of Time

by Carlo Rovelli


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Why do we remember the past and not the future? Do we inhabit time or does time inhabit us? What does it mean that time "flies by?" Where does it go when it flies? This transformative, enchanting book will completely change the way we think about time. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735216105
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/08/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 151,031
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Carlo Rovelli is a theoretical physicist who has made significant contributions to the physics of space and time. He has worked in Italy and the U.S., and is currently directing the quantum gravity research group of the Centre de physique théorique in Marseille, France. His Seven Brief Lessons on Physics is an international bestseller translated into 41 languages. He is also the author of Reality Is Not What It Seems and Anaximander

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Table of Contents

Perhaps Time Is the Greatest Mystery 1

Part 1 The Crumbling of Time

1 Loss of Unity 9

2 Loss of Direction 19

3 The End of the Present 37

4 Loss of Independence 57

5 Quanta of Time 81

Part 2 The World without Time

6 The World Is Made of Events, Not Things 95

7 The Inadequacy of Grammar 105

8 Dynamics as Relation 117

Part 3 The Sources of Time

9 Time Is Ignorance 131

10 Perspective 143

11 What Emerges from a Particularity 159

12 The Scent of the Madeleine 171

13 The Source of Time 193

The Sister of Sleep 205

Image Credits 213

Notes 215

Index 231

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