About Time: From Sundials to Quantum Clocks, How the Cosmos Shapes Our Lives - and How We Shape the Cosmos

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Oneworld, Jan 14, 2013 - Science - 406 pages
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Now in paperback, "a phenomenal blend of science and cultural history" ("Kirkus Reviews," starred review), "About Time" gives readers a peek into the cutting edge of cosmology, showing how it is intimately wedded to the texture of our daily lives.In "About Time," Adam Frank explains how the texture of our lives changes along with our understanding of the universe's origin. Since we awoke to self-consciousness 50,000 years ago, our lived experience of time--from hunting and gathering to the development of agriculture to the industrial revolution to the invention of Outlook calendars--has been transformed and rebuilt many times. But the latest theories in cosmology--time with no beginning, parallel universes, eternal inflation--are about to send us in a new direction.

Frank tells the story of humanity's deepest question--when and how did everything begin?--alongside the story of how human beings have experienced time. He looks at the way our engagement with the world--our inventions, our habits, and more--has allowed us to discover the nature of the universe and how those discoveries, in turn, inform our daily experience.

This astounding book changes the way we think about time and how it affects our lives.

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User Review  - expatscot - LibraryThing

I enjoyed this book and was keen to pick it back up when I got the opportunity. I'm swithering between 3 and 4 stars as whilst it certainly got me thinking on several occasions there were also bits ... Read full review

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User Review  - St.CroixSue - LibraryThing

This is an inspiring tour through the history of how humans have envisioned and defined time through the ages. Also, how the concept of time is connected to how we view the beginnings of our universe ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Adam Frank is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Rochester, in New York. The recipient of a prestigious Hubble Fellowship, he writes frequently for Discover, Astronomy, and Scientific American magazines. He is also a co-founder of the top-ranking science blog 13.7 and a regular contributor to radio programmes.

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