The Order of Time

The Order of Time

by Carlo Rovelli


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ISBN-13: 9780735216105
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/08/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 14,394
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Carlo Rovelli is an Italian theoretical physicist, the head of the Quantum Gravity group at the Centre de Physique Théorique of Aix-Marseille University and one of the founders of the loop quantum gravity theory. His previous books include Seven Brief Lessons on Physics—an international bestseller translated into more than forty languages—and Reality Is Not What It Seems.

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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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The Order of Time 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Donald McKay More than 1 year ago
Carlo progressively introduces topics on space time, ranging from what early philosophers perceived time to be, to progressively more complex topics such as Quantum time. He does so in an order and fashion that makes sense to the common man and inspires you to think deeply on the topic of time. My entire understanding of "time", the manner in which I think about it, has completely changed as a result of this book. Granted, my idea of time, was untouched by the many previous deep thinkers that Carlo introduces such as Aristotle, all of which have contributed to my new fundamental understanding of time. There is a chapter that is a bit more technically difficult to understand, Carlo makes note of it and encourages you to skip it if you feel intimidated. However, I found my desire to further understand the topic overcame any doubt that resided within myself. Warning: I found myself ordering a laser and some polarizing film to replicate the double slit experiment at home as a result of reading this book. You may spend more money than you originally anticipated as a result of buying and reading this text.
kawiggins More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: reviewed ARC via Goodreads Giveaways. I don't read much science-based nonfiction, so it was interesting to find this book fairly accessible despite my lack of familiarity higher level physics. Rovelli does a good job of introducing (and then questioning) different ways to think of time, but the read feels as much philosophical as scientific. It digs into the human experience as much as or more than the various scientific approaches, from historical to quantum and back again. It's a relatively short volume, best digested over multiple reading sessions. The prose can be a bit dense, but engaging. I think the illustrations/diagrams might be placed a bit differently in the final version, as they tended to stray a little farther than felt natural. Overall, a nice introduction to different visions, explanation, and hypotheses about time, with a poetic/meditative undercurrent.