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  - caimanjosh - LibraryThing

I was rather disappointed with this one. Much of the book seemed like a tedious investigation of hairsplitting aspects of how the mind processes fractions of a second, which didn't really do much to ... Read full review

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User Review  - vpfluke - LibraryThing

An interesting book on time its measurement, and the perception of time, frequently false or misleading. The exactness of time can be misleading and is truly hard to measure, and requires a degree of statistical sampling. Time did make for an interesting discussion at our library book club. Read full review

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