Why Time Flies

Why Time Flies

A Mostly Scientific Investigation

Large Print - 2017 | Large print edition.
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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."
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2017.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410496928
Branch Call Number: Large Print 529.2 Bur
Characteristics: 557 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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Sep 24, 2017

The psychology of time perception must be one of the most frustrating and confusing disciplines around. The author makes a sterling effort to make sense of it all but not entitely successfully.

AL_RACHEL Jul 08, 2017

Absolutely mind-expanding. I found parallels between the studies of time and my own perceptions that I have never been able to explain. The science is explained in a very approachable way.

This is a good and fascinating (light) study of human and non-human perceptions of time and temporality. It's a fairly easy read and covers a lot of territories. However, it doesn't cover everything. Much of the analysis is on human subjects who can see and hear, children, and a bit about old folks. But it doesn't talk at all about how time is perceived by the blind or the deaf, for example. Still, it is worth a read. It gives you stuff to think about.

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