Monday, December 05, 2005

The Labyrinth of Time

Just finished Michael Lockwood's book 'The Labyrinth of Time' . This explores how our common sense views of the past, present and future are substantially at odds with what relativity (special and general) and quantum mechanics tell us about the nature of time.

People periodically get excited when they are told that time doesn't flow (or maybe doesn't even exist as a fundamental feature of the universe), and that the future is as real as the present and the past. However, if you accept that modern physics is a better description of the world than common-sense, you really just have to go with conclusions like that.

Lockwood's book is excellent in parts, and my review of it is here.

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