What is Time?: The classic account of the nature of time

Paperback | December 19, 2003

byWhitrow, G. J., J. T. Fraser, Marlene P. Soulsby

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G. J. Whitrow (1912-2000) begins this classic exploration of the nature of time with a story about a Russian poet, visiting London before the First World War. The poet's English was not too good and when he asked a man in the street, 'Please, what is time?' he received the response, 'Butthat's a philosophical question. Why ask me?'. Starting from this simple anecdote, Professor Whitrow takes us on a good-humoured and wide-ranging tour of the thing that clocks keep (more or less). He discusses how our ideas of time originated; how far they are inborn in plants and animals; how time has been measured, from sundial and hourglassto the caesium clock, and whether time possesses a beginning, a direction, and an end. He coaxes the diffident layman to contemplate with pleasure the differences between cyclic, linear, biological, cosmic, and space-time, and he provides frequent diversions into fascinating topics such as theMayan calendar, the migration of birds, the dances of bees, precognition, and the short, crowded lives of mu-mesons, particles produced by cosmic-ray showers that exist for just two millionths of a second.This reissue of the classic and authoritative What is Time? includes a new introduction by Dr J. T. Fraser, founder of the International Society for the Study of Time, and a bibliographic essay by Dr Fraser and Professor M. P. Soulsby of the Pennsylvania State University.

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G. J. Whitrow (1912-2000) begins this classic exploration of the nature of time with a story about a Russian poet, visiting London before the First World War. The poet's English was not too good and when he asked a man in the street, 'Please, what is time?' he received the response, 'Butthat's a philosophical question. Why ask me?'. S...

G. J. Whitrow was the first President of the International Society for the Study of Time and held the same position in numerous other scientific societies. He was a frequent broadcaster on radio and his many books include 'Time in History', 'Atoms and the Universe' (with G.O. Jones and J. Rotblat) and 'Einstein: The Man and His Achiev...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.5 inPublished:December 19, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Dr J. T. Fraser: Introduction1. The Origin of Our Idea of Time2. Time and Ourselves3. Biological Clocks4. The Measurement of Time5. Time and Relativity6. Time, Gravitation and the Universe7. The Origin and Arrow of Time8. The Significance of TimeAppendix: Temporal Order in Special RelativityDr J. T. Fraser and Professor M. P. Soulsby: BibliographyIndex

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