Introducing Time

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Icon, 2001 - Science - 172 pages
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What is time? The fifth-century philosopher St Augustine famously said that he knew what time is so long as no one asked him. Introducing Time dares go where Augustine would not. It traces the history of time from Augustine to Newton, Poincare, Einstein, and then back full circle to the idea that there is no time in quantum gravity. Is time a fourth dimension? Does the future exist? Is time travel possible? If so, does it threaten the work prospects of historians, as Stephen Hawking thinks? Why does time seem to pass in only one direction? Introducing Time presents these questions and others (many for the first time) in an easily accessible, lucid and engaging guide.

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Contents

Section 1
10
Section 2
48
Section 3
49
Section 4
62
Section 5
71
Section 6
91
Section 7
93
Section 8
102
Section 10
105
Section 11
118
Section 12
122
Section 13
137
Section 14
143
Section 15
144
Section 16
157
Copyright

Section 9
103

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About the author (2001)

Callender received his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1997 from Rutgers University. He lectured at the London School of Economics from 1996-2000 in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, rising to the position of Senior Lecturer. He is now Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego.

Edney was trained as a mathematician, and has worked as a teacher, journalist and political cartoonist.

Appignanesi is editorial director of Icon Books.

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