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A monumental work on the flow of time, from the universe’s creation to “now,” by the best-selling author of Physics for Future Presidents .
“Now” is a simple concept—you’re reading this sentence now. Yet a real definition of “now” has eluded even theMore A monumental work on the flow of time, from the universe’s creation to “now,” by the best-selling author of Physics for Future Presidents .
“Now” is a simple concept—you’re reading this sentence now. Yet a real definition of “now” has eluded even the great Einstein. We know that time stretches and is affected by gravity and velocity. Yet, as eminent physicist Richard A. Muller points out, it is only today that we have all the physics at hand—relativity, entropy, entanglement, antimatter, and the Big Bang—to explain the flow of time. With these building blocks in place, Muller reaches a startling conclusion: our expanding universe is continuously creating not only new space but also new time. The front edge of this new time is what we call “now,” and this moment is truly unique—it is the only moment in which we can exercise our free will. Muller’s thought-provoking vision is a powerful counter to established theories in science and philosophy, and his arguments will spark major debate about the most fundamental assumptions of our universe. Less
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The sections on physics history and understanding (the first half of the book) are competent and in the style of Muller's very good "Physics for Future Presidents." But Muller's personal asides and grievances enter the scene until "Now" becomes a philosophical agenda book. Read full review
It should be titled "Pride and Prejudice" did someone use that already?
This book is not named correctly. Very little of the book can really be said to relate to the title. There are two points that resulted in me downgrading the persuasiveness of the book and they relate. Read full review
If you were hoping to learn more about the author's hypothesis about "now", read only the Introduction. Every single thought he has specifically relating to his idea of "now" is spelled out in the Introduction. Throughout the entire book, he doesn't get any more specific. Read full review
Fairly interesting book on the nature of time. A bit too open to spirituality with all its attendant problems for my taste but and interesting read on this perplexing topic. He certainly thinks differently and has a bit of the heretic in him which I like.
I’m not a physicist, definitely not a mathematician—the book knows it too. Now: The Physics of Time might be titled Now. Will be Discussed Later: Because First I Need You to Understand a Lot More About Physics. Personally, I was searching for some science non-fiction aft. Read full review
Unlike some theorists, Muller doesn’t think time is an illusory artifact or that the future is set in stone by a set of quantum physics equations. He thinks time actually exists, and the key to understanding it is to define what we mean by now. This is what he sets out to. Read full review
This is an unbelievable book. An unbelievably bad book. The tone and style in large parts of the book (filled with silly jokes, irrelevant digressions and a plethora of references to science-fiction movies and books) are often very irritating: it sounds like the random ra. Read full review
Muller's arguments against the entropy-based theory of time are very interesting, as is his proposal that we experience time to be flowing because it is continually being created, expanding just like space, and we're on the leading edge of it. Though the author doesn't us. Read full review
I am an aficionado to time travel stories, and have read many books about Cosmology that dwell in the Physics of time. This is the most recent one, tackling our quest to understand the mysterious nature of time, and whatever is that we call “now.”
Though some of the stuff discussed just flew past me still I did enjoy reading the book very much.
This is no doubt one of the best books I've read this year.
The book made me think and expand my understanding of things beyond everyday observations.
I wish I had read the. Read full review