Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation

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Thorndike Press, 2017 - Biography & Autobiography - 557 pages
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Time is the most commonly used noun in the English language; it s always on our minds and it advances through every living moment. But what is time, exactly? Do children experience it the same way adults do? Why does it seem to slow down when we re bored and speed by as we get older? How and why does time fly?
In this witty and meditative exploration, award-winning author and New Yorker staff writer Alan Burdick takes readers on a personal quest to understand how time gets in us and why we perceive it the way we do. In the company of scientists, he visits the most accurate clock in the world (which exists only on paper); discovers that now actually happened a split-second ago; finds a twenty-fifth hour in the day; lives in the Arctic to lose all sense of time; and, for one fleeting moment in a neuroscientist s lab, even makes time go backward. Why Time Flies is an instant classic, a vivid and intimate examination of the clocks that tick inside us all."

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User Review  - dasam - LibraryThing

Alan Burdick manages to take us on a journey of time, through time, and around time. He brings to this exploration philosophy, neuroscience, psychology, and personal memoir. Read full review

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User Review  - Carlie - LibraryThing

On the face of it, it seems like it would be difficult to fill an entire book on the subject of time. But that is just the thing, time is subjective. And it is social. Time doesn’t really exist out ... Read full review

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