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Introducing Time (Graphic Guides)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  399 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
Traces the history of time from Augustine's suggestion that there is no time, to the flowing time of Newton, the static time of Einstein, and then back, to the idea that there is no time in quantum gravity.
Paperback, Third Edition, 176 pages
Published April 26th 2001 by Totem Books (first published August 29th 1997)
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This was an enjoyable, if at times confusing little synopsis of time and the various theories concerned with it. While I admire the attempt to make such a topic available to a wider audience, time theories really don't lend themselves well to comprehension in the absence of well-developed prior knowledge in the appropriate areas of physics and philosophy, making this book a little tough at times despite (or probably because of) its brevity.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils." Hector Berlioz (169)

Slim Khezri
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book about an apparently simple, yet very complex subject. Time is a subject that we all think we know, until we really start to think about it. Superb read!!!

In this book, Callender and Edney describe some of the attempts by scientists and philosophers to precisely define what time is. Some argue that to be logically consistent, time cannot exist. That of course seems absurd, whatever else we may know, at least locally, time does have an existence and a direction. Newton,
Eric Layton
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Not a bad little book. It was a bit oversimplified for my current level of understanding regarding this topic, but a fun read just the same.
Dec 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I don't think I've ever had to work so hard to read a book. I stopped and re-read time and time again, but I had to because Introducing Time seriously blew my fucking mind every five pages or so. And once I'd re-read the introductory concepts enough to proceed, I've never been so fascinated. By the end of it, I was eating a bagel, and the whole existence and structure of the universe suddenly made sense to me. You certainly won't get that from Stephen King.
Jan 28, 2010 rated it liked it
Ah. Comic Books.
Duncan Reed
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Need to read a bit at a time to digest the difficult concepts. Excellent book, very thorough, good illustrations to help with understanding :-)
Michael Flick
Nov 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: worst
Superficial to a fault; illustrations occupy space rather than inform and/or assist explanation. It's a complex, difficult subject perhaps not at all suitable to this approach. On the whole, more confusing than edifying and not much of a guide to anything worthwhile in depth at all.
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reading
As it says, a good basic introduction level to concepts of time in both physics and philosophy. With some easy to understand illustrations to explain concepts such as lightcones.
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science
Time, on the face of it, is a simple phenomenon. And yet, if you go into it any deeper than our day-to-day experience, you'll find yourself in some of the more esoteric branches of physics and philosophy. This book attempts to explain all that by illustrations and one-line explanations. Impossible. The result is a smattering of gosh-wow concepts involving assumptions and consequences regrding time in modern (post relativity and quantum mechanics) science. The only real bone I have to pick is tha ...more
Nia Nymue
Jun 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Fascinating. I plunged right into the book and the first 30% at least was a breeze because I was already familiar with it. Afterwards, I started reading slowly but concepts were often concisely (or just briefly?) explained and the visual aid help too. Sometimes though, the comics got in the way of the explanation and it may not be all that necessary to have a picture of every page.... I suspect a lot of the concepts have been simplified, but not to an extreme extent. Several pages are dedicated ...more
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thinker-s-books
This book shares the problem of structural clarity faced by the entire 'Introducing xxx: a Graphic Guide' series. Conceptual flow was generally sensible throughout the first half of the book with tensed and tenseless views of time (and their implications plus some common rejoinders), but once one moves into the second half of the book, seemingly marginally related diversions sprout up with much greater frequency.

Some diversions are understandable, but some require a substantial amount of effort
Oct 01, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: science
Great for the visual learner. This book explains everything about time from all the different ways of measuring time (weights and springs to quartz crystals and atoms) to the scientists who are curently working on ways to travel through time. This is not just a science book. It also touches on the logical possibility and philisophical problems of time travel. For example: If you invented a time machine to go back in time and prevented the assasination of Lincoln, you would not have had a reason ...more
Ali M.
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read this partly as research for my novel project, but mostly just for fun, because I am slightly obsessed with time dilemmas. Just slightly. *cough*

Though this book is by no means exhaustive, it's a great basic overview of the various theories of time and time travel. It tries to condense them each into a couple of pages that can be easily swallowed by a casual reader, but you will still be required to do some mental gymnastics. That's the fun of it all, though!
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are trying to write a story about time or time travel, as I am! This is a great introduction to the theories and ideas developed around that subject over the last couple of hundred years. It does get complex towards the end and some of the stuff about the time and the universe whooshed right over my head, but it seems a great basic overview of time theories from philosophy and physics and good for generating ideas.
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
Part of a series of graphic and pocket-size science and social subject books which include facts, theories and philosophical ideas. The heavy subject matter is lightened visually by graphic-style illustrations. Highly recommended for YA readers and for adults who are interested in a quick description and overview of esoteric subjects such as Time, Logic, Feminism, Ethics, et al.
Dennis Schvejda
Introducing Time: A Graphic Guide is one of about 100 books in this series, and the first I've read. Won't be the last. While the format won't appeal to everyone, the pen and ink "comics" were definitely needed to describe the complex and often bewildering philosophical and scientific concepts of time. Lives up to its title, an intro to Time.
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I generally enjoy the Introducing… series, and this work is no exception. Callender provides a good overview of our current understanding of time as concept of both science and metaphysics. While it can be woefully terse, additional detail could make it inaccessible to those new to the field.
Ismail Yavuz
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Birazda Interstellar'ın ( etkisi ile okumaya başladım kitabı. Aristodan başlayıp, Newton fiziği zaman öngörüsü ile devam ediyor. Sonra ise tabiki de herşeyi değiştiren adam Einstein ve görelilik kanunları var. Konuya çok ilgiliyseniz kesinlikle yeterli değil ancak yeni başlayorsanız okumananızda fayda var. Zaman acaba sizin bildiğiniz zaman mı? :)
Fatih Aslan
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kitap kesinlikle beklentilerimi karşıladı. Böyle küçük bir kitaptan sizin için zamanın gizemini çözmesini bekliyorsanız yanılıyorsunuz, başlamayın derim. Başarılı bir şekilde zamana yönelik doğru sorular yöneltip size bu konu üzerinde nasıl araştırmalar yapacağınıza dair öncülük yapacak bir eser bence.
Drew Pearce
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pop-sci
I am a huge fan of this series of books and although I have mostly outgrown them (I have gone on to study Physics at university), I would definitely recommend them to younger people looking to expand their knowledge base but also to Adults who have not had much or any formal training in the subject. An entertaining Introduction to Time.
Mario Streger
Despite its being recommended by Sean Carroll on his Time TCC lecture, it is a very brief overview of all the topics regarding time in physics. It's hard to grasp any deeper notion of anything. This book can be considered just an introduction to the subject. And the illustrations do not help so much, as they are very simple and superficial.
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: educational, 2013
I loved this book. Really enjoy the 'Introducing' books I have a few now.
I have always been interested in the theory of time so this book suited me well.
Somethings got a bit confusing but all in all I loved it.
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Presents many interesting ideas about time, but it can get a bit hard to follow at times due to many of the topics not lending themselves to one another easily without prior knowledge from a variety of fields.
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
A great book at introducing time. It can create, sustain or develop interest in time. written in a very simple, lucid language which does not involve any hardcore physics, can keep the reader engaged even if they have no understanding of physics what-so-ever.
Nathan Glenn
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Covers the history of the philosophy, theology, and physics of time. Almost every page could have its own book. The concepts are not always clearly explained, requiring 2-5 readings, which doesn't take long because the Introducing books are mostly pictures, but still.
Aug 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Latest re-read: 2/6/2016

At some point the theories don't really work without explaining the math behind them, and the nature of the precise neglects more thorough examination of concepts that really need them. Still, Always worth a read.
Özgür Tekin
Epeyce bir fizik bilgisi gerekiyor bu minik kitabı anlamak için. Seri, çizgibilim serisi ama kesinlikle alt yaş grubuna filan hitap ettiğini düşünmemek gerekiyor. Taşırken hafif okurken gayet ağır. Keyifli bir seri olduğunu söylemeliyim.
This is an interesting overview of the current thinking about time. I was sort of hoping for a more graphic, funny overview and this was less entertaining, more booky. It's less nerdy cartoonist doing a science book, more scientist throwing some cartoons in with the content.
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a mind-bending weekend, spend some time (assuming it exists)with this book.
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