Read Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation Online Free - “[Why Time Flies] captures us. Because it opens up a well of fascinating queries and gives us a glimpse of what has become an ever more deepening mystery for humans: the nature of time.” —The New York Review of Books
“Erudite and informative, a joy with many small treasures.” —Science
“Time” is the most commonly used noun in the English language; it’s always on our minds and it advances through every living moment. But what is time, exactly? Do children experience it the same way adults do? Why does it seem to slow down when we’re bored and speed by as we get older? How and why does time fly?
In this witty and meditative exploration, award-winning author and New Yorker staff writer Alan Burdick takes readers on a personal quest to understand how time gets in us and why we perceive it the way we do. In the company of scientists, he visits the most accurate clock in the world (which exists only on paper); discovers that “now” actually happened a split-second ago; finds a twenty-fifth hour in the day; lives in the Arctic to lose all sense of time; and, for one fleeting moment in a neuroscientist’s lab, even makes time go backward. Why Time Flies is an instant classic, a vivid and intimate examination of the clocks that tick inside us all.
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February 22, 2017
I suppose this book will be of interest to those with a scientific bent, particularly in biology, physiology, neuron-science, and also philosophy. It might also be of some interest to those who, like me, are amateur cosmologists with an abiding interest in time. For everybody else, this book is l...
May 10, 2017
A very personal, somewhat scattered investigation into biological time. There was much I learned from this volume, and the author examined the question of "why does time fly" from several angles. His conclusion, in a simple answer - it really doesn't.
Alan Burdick is the father of twins, and this...
July 25, 2017
I didn’t want to finish Alan Burdick’s Why Time Flies because each time I got the chance to step outside my irritatingly busy work-a-day grind I found myself fascinated by something Burdick shared. I won’t sit here and recount each tidbit because Mr. Burdick spent years getting it just right, and...
February 22, 2017
Burdick divides Why Time Flies into four sections: "The Hours" considers in part how scientists compare/coordinate clocks around the world to determine the exact time; "The Days" looks at matters diurnal, including some fascinating insights into the differing "clocks" within our bodies; "The Pres...
July 02, 2017
‘In his lucid, thoughtful, and beautifully written inquiry about time…Burdick offers nothing less than a new way of reconsidering what it means to be human.’
Hanya Yanagihara, author of A Little Life
‘Alan Burdick offers a fascinating and searching account of how we perceive time’s passage. It will...
May 22, 2017
This book is not a quick, easy read. It's dense with scientific studies and philosophical musings, along with the personal stories and viewpoints. It's worth the time if the subject fascinates you but it's slow going from time to time. (No pun intended.)
March 22, 2017
Overall, an excellent book that reflects on both philosophical and scientific approaches to 'time.'
April 01, 2017
An exploration of the slippery topic of time, Why Time Flies introduces the reader to mind-bending concepts, scientists who study how we perceive time’s passage, and the author’s young children, who demonstrate and demand a different approach to the topic. It deserves a better reader than me (som...
March 18, 2017
I have a tattoo that says: now. People are always asking me what it means. It's interesting to me because it seems so obvious: a way of reminding myself to stay in the present, to stop ruminating on the past or worrying about the future (which quite frankly is the best nondrug treatment for my an...
February 06, 2017
A lot of great stuff here, but it wandered into the weeds a bit with too much technical, scientific information.