Take your time over time ideas
The Order of Time By Carlo Rovelli, Penguin Random House, $35
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Time — how it works, time travel, relative time — has always fascinated us.
Can we live in two different time scales? What if we went back and were able to change something? Why does time seem to be racing when we’re older and as a child it drags on forever?
Italian Rovelli is a theoretical physicist who writes about space and time. His books Seven Brief Lessons on Physics and Reality Is Not What It Seems are bestsellers and translated into 41 languages.
He writes (or rather is translated) in relatively straightforward language but the ideas he poses may need some rumination. For instance, he starts with the supposition that time passes faster in the mountains than at sea level. Yes really!
He also talks about how we perceive time ourselves. How we are the sum of our experiences and memories.
Rovelli is something of a successor to the late Stephen Hawking, and a worthy one. He brings difficult ideas to an understandable level.
But it’s a lot to take in. You’ll need to take your time over this one.