The Order of Time
The bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics is back with a thrilling exploration of time
Time is a mystery that does not cease to puzzle us. Philosophers, artists and poets have long explored its meaning while scientists have found that its structure is different from the simple intuition we have of it. From Boltzmann to quantum theory, from Einstein to loop...more
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Time is in Reality's Blurring: "The Order of Time" by Carlo Rovelli
In some ways, Rovelli's writing is as influenced by Calvino as it is by Einstein or Feynman - this is not simply writing in the tradition of explicating or popularising scientific inquiry; but rather writing which seeks to open new spaces of possibility for thinking through the very endeavour of the writing itself. There does seem to be an appetite for knowledge out ...more
I wish I could take back the time, do it over, but entropy hit GR (or at least my internet connection) and something less than the total heat-death of the universe made me realign my perceptions of reality and time.
Oh, wait. That was this book!
Half historical science, some equations, the theoretical underpinnings of quantum loop theory, the role of entropy and heat in the determination of what makes TIME, and half philosophy and what ...more
Carlo Rovelli sets out to explain just that question in his latest book, "The Order of Time". Rovelli's explanation of time isn't always clear - there were many moments where I lost the thread - but it is beautiful. For a theoretical physicist, Rovelli is wonderfully poetic. It certainly helps that the audiobook is narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, whose deeply rich voice lends Rovelli's ...more
Physicists calling time an illusion is not a new idea. Julian Barbour, in his 1999 book argued for the same hypothesis. Contrary to this idea, physicist Lee Smolin proposed that time is real. He suggested that laws of physics are not fixed in the universe but evolve over time. The principle argument in support of his theory is that mathematical models provide an abstraction of reality and ignore time dimension. Carlo Rovelli observes that since ...more
"In order to exit from a black hole, you would need to move toward the present rather than toward the future!...This is ...more
The first part of the book describes well-established aspects of time in physics that have been repetitively proved by carefully conducted experiments--gravitational time dilation and relative velocity time dilation, i.e. time passes slower nearer to a mass, ...more
The Public Library only allowed me 7 days to read this book with no renewals. So Time was a problem from the beginning. Nevertheless, I plowed through and finishing tonight, I ended up buying the Kindle Version.
There is much to contemplate and digest in this book. A reread at some point in Time is in order. Reading this work, you will encounter ...more
PS: This website refused to allow me to put a start date later than the date finished which proves that there is an order of time.
Among other very interesting things, there’s an ...more
Roveli is not trying to sum up the various scientific theories but to present his own ideas, first as a physicist and then as a philosopher.
Lots of metaphors and musings:
“The difference between things and events is that things persist in time; events have a limited duration. A stone is a prototypical ‘thing’: we can ask ...more
oh and thank the lord i didn't decide to have the right honorable b. cumberbatch ...more
It’s far too technical and it’s not explained simply enough for someone like me who knows nothing about theoretical physics. So sadly I couldn’t really enjoy this book and I really wanted it to blow my mind. Such a shame.
The primary ...more
Consider the following: time passes faster in the mountains than it does at sea level. If this sentence confounds you but piques your interest, then I can already tell you that you want to read The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli, which answers questions such as what is time? Is there a universal time? What does it mean to live in the present? Does the present exist?
Turns out, these are simple questions with no easy answers because time is complicated. I don ...more
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For this reason, even the pain caused by absence is in the end something good and even beautiful. Because it feeds on that which gives meaning to life.”