Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation Read Online Free - “[Why Time Flies] captures us. Because it opens up a well of fascinating queries and gives us a glimpse of what has become an ever more deepening mystery for humans: the nature of time.” —The New York Review of Books
“Erudite and informative, a joy with many small treasures.” —Science
“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.
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October 13, 2017
This book definitely stretched my brain! You don't realize how detached you have become from science in the many decades since you last sat in a science classroom until you try to internalize basic concepts of cell biology and come away with a headache and a vague Flowers for Algernon feeling.
May 10, 2017
A very personal, somewhat scattered investigation into biological time. There was much I learned from this volume, and the author examined the question of "why does time fly" from several angles. His conclusion, in a simple answer - it really doesn't.
Alan Burdick is the father of twins, and this...
February 22, 2017
I suppose this book will be of interest to those with a scientific bent, particularly in biology, physiology, neuron-science, and also philosophy. It might also be of some interest to those who, like me, are amateur cosmologists with an abiding interest in time. For everybody else, this book is l...
February 26, 2018
‘[Burdick] is a lucid and well-informed commentator on scientific matters. Here, he takes us by the wrist and leads us through the maze of time. We could not ask for a better guide.’
‘Time for Burdick is ultimately an adventure of discovery. His wealth of deeply researched and detailed but...
October 17, 2017
Popular Non-Fiction takes on a Timeless Topic
Great book, reminds me of Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves by James Nestor.
Basically a supremely talented writer, in this case Alan Burdick, takes on a big topic - and it leads him to lessons about life.
July 25, 2017
I didn’t want to finish Alan Burdick’s Why Time Flies because each time I got the chance to step outside my irritatingly busy work-a-day grind I found myself fascinated by something Burdick shared. I won’t sit here and recount each tidbit because Mr. Burdick spent years getting it just right, and...
February 22, 2017
Burdick divides Why Time Flies into four sections: "The Hours" considers in part how scientists compare/coordinate clocks around the world to determine the exact time; "The Days" looks at matters diurnal, including some fascinating insights into the differing "clocks" within our bodies; "The Pres...
December 01, 2017
Wide ranging and maybe too scattered in scope. If you hope to understand how your brain produces the subjective feeling of a flowing time, this book can only show you what an intractable mystery that is.
February 06, 2017
A lot of great stuff here, but it wandered into the weeds a bit with too much technical, scientific information.
May 22, 2017
This book is not a quick, easy read. It's dense with scientific studies and philosophical musings, along with the personal stories and viewpoints. It's worth the time if the subject fascinates you but it's slow going from time to time. (No pun intended.)