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In Search of Time: Journeys Along a Curious Dimension Hardcover – Oct 21 2008


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  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (Oct. 21 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771047576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771047572
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #166,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Poirier TOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 13 2009
Format: Hardcover
In twelve fascinating chapters, the author discusses the vast subject of time. Each of these chapters contains a different perspective on this fascinating yet elusive topic. Roughly the first half of the book includes chapters on: humanity's early recognition of, and musings on, the passage of time, the development of the calendar, the invention of hours and minutes, as well as the cultural and psychological aspects of time. The second half of the book mainly deals with the physical, scientific and philosophical aspects of time, from Isaac Newton's perspective to the latest abstract thinking on the nature and existence of time. Here we find discussions on time's arrow, the beginning and the end of time as well as classical, relativistic and quantum mechanics. The writing style is clear, friendly, quite engaging and accessible to a wide readership. The author takes the time to explain any terms that may be unfamiliar to the casual reader but does not pull any punches when it comes to relaying the views of the various individuals, mainly scientists and philosophers, which he consulted in writing this book. Although anyone can enjoy it, this book would likely be appreciated the most by science buffs.
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I read this book in intervals, picking it up from time to time which was quite fitting given the topic. It is very well written and makes difficult ideas understandable for the interested novice. I will continue to think about the concepts and issues he explores. Definitely a five star read
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kristina Kazandjian on Nov. 14 2008
Format: Hardcover
Dan Falk's book was both incredibly informative and refreshingly captivating. His unfaltering attention to detail and extensive research process was wonderfully concentrated into an expansive yet highly entertaining read. Never has a book about science been such a page-turner!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ronald W. Maron TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 20 2010
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This is a clear and consise book that covers all aspects of the concept we call 'time'. With a general flair for keeping the reader interested, Dan Falk covers the history, the allusive definitions of and the future implications of this concept. As stated in the recommendations, "Falk's book is what Hawkings (A Brief History of Time) should have been." - Ottawa Citizen. I highly recommend this reading.
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