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What is time? Every individual will approach the question "what is time" from a different perspective. We find ourselves asking whether time is linear or cyclic, whether it is possible to travel in time, how the experience of the flow of time arises, how our own internal clocks are regulated and how our language captures the temporality of our existence. In this volume, eight eminent researchers explore how investigations in their respective fields impinge on questions about the nature of time. These fields encompass the entire range from the arts and humanities to the natural sciences, mirroring the truly interdisciplinary nature of the subject.
About the Author
Katinka Ridderbos is a Research Fellow at Darwin College, Cambridge. Her main research interests are the conceptual foundations of statistical mechanics and the problem of the direction of time.
Table of ContentsIntroduction Katinka Ridderbos; 1. Time and modern physics Christopher J. Isham and Konstantina Savvidou; 2. Cyclic and linear time in early India Romila Thapar; 3. Time travel D. H. Mellor; 4. The genetics of time Charalambos P. Kyriacou; 5. The timing of action Alan Wing; 6. Talking about time David Crystal; 7. Storytime and its futures Gillian Beer; 8. Time and religion J. R. Lucas.