The Order of Time

The Order of Time

by Carlo Rovelli
The Order of Time

The Order of Time

by Carlo Rovelli


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One of TIME’s Ten Best Nonfiction Books of the Decade

"Meet the new Stephen Hawking . . . The Order of Time is a dazzling book." —The Sunday Times

From the bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, Reality Is Not What It Seems, Helgoland, and Anaximander comes a concise, elegant exploration of time.

Why do we remember the past and not the future? What does it mean for time to "flow"? Do we exist in time or does time exist in us? In lyric, accessible prose, Carlo Rovelli invites us to consider questions about the nature of time that continue to puzzle physicists and philosophers alike.

For most readers this is unfamiliar terrain. We all experience time, but the more scientists learn about it, the more mysterious it remains. We think of it as uniform and universal, moving steadily from past to future, measured by clocks. Rovelli tears down these assumptions one by one, revealing a strange universe where at the most fundamental level time disappears. He explains how the theory of quantum gravity attempts to understand and give meaning to the resulting extreme landscape of this timeless world. Weaving together ideas from philosophy, science and literature, he suggests that our perception of the flow of time depends on our perspective, better understood starting from the structure of our brain and emotions than from the physical universe.

Already a bestseller in Italy, and written with the poetic vitality that made Seven Brief Lessons on Physics so appealing, The Order of Time offers a profoundly intelligent, culturally rich, novel appreciation of the mysteries of time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735216105
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/08/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 170,381
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 United States and currently directs the quantum gravity research group of the Centre de Physique Théorique in Marseille, France. His books, including Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, The Order of Time, and Helgoland, are international bestsellers that have been translated into more than fifty languages.

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Introduction: Perhaps Time is the Greatest Mystery

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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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