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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: 16 x 2.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #218,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Falk’s book is what Hawking’s [A Brief History of Time] should have been.”
Ottawa Citizen

“Falk seamlessly combines science with literary and philosophical observations … and digresses to fascinating topics like root notions of past and future, the vagaries of memory and the behavior of birds at breakfast time. Rounding out his multi-course feast, Falk contrasts Newton’s notion of ‘[a]bsolute, true, and mathematical’ time with Einstein’s final words in 1955, ‘the distinction of past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion,’ to present modern speculations on black holes and the universe's future.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Dan Falk is a riveting writer: his latest book is almost unputdownable. He covers an eclectic range of fascinating topics -- from prehistory to the far future. Time is a mysterious commodity: we gain, spend, save and lose it. But everyone should make enough time to read In Search of Time.”
— Martin J. Rees, author of Just Six Numbers and Our Final Hour

“[Falk] selects, organizes and interprets a mass of lore for our enlightenment and pleasure. We owe him.”
Scientific American

About the Author

Dan Falk has written about science for the Globe and Mail, National Post, Walrus, and New Scientist, and has been a regular contributor to the CBC Radio programs Ideas and Quirks and Quarks. He is the winner of the 2002 Canadian Science Writers’ Association Science in Society Journalism Award, the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia Margaret and John Savage First Book Award, for Universe on a T-shirt, and the 1999 American Institute of Physics’ Science Writing Award in Physics and Astronomy. He lives in Toronto.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By George 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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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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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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Terrific book! Aug. 6 2015
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An extremely entertaining and authoritive book about a difficult topic. Only a terrific writer could pull this off, and Dan Falk's writing is supurb.