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  • Published: 23 April 2013
  • ISBN: 9780141939438
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

Time Reborn

From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe




One of our foremost physicists and thinkers offers a radical new view of the nature of time and the cosmos

Nothing seems more real than time passing. We experience life itself as a succession of moments. Yet throughout history, the idea that time is an illusion has been a religious and philosophical commonplace. We identify certain truths as 'eternal' constants, from moral principles to the laws of mathematics and nature: these are laws that exist not inside time, but outside it. From Newton and Einstein to today's string theorists and quantum physicists, the widest consensus is that the universe is governed by absolute, timeless laws.

In Time Reborn, Lee Smolin argues that this denial of time is holding back both physics, and our understanding of the universe. We need a major revolution in scientific thought: one that embraces the reality of time and places it at the centre of our thinking. E may equal mc squared now, but that wasn't always the case. Similarly, as our understanding of the universe develops, Newton's fundamental laws might not remain so fundamental. Time, Smolin concludes, is not an illusion: it is the best clue we have to fundamental reality. Time Reborn explains how the true nature of time impacts on us, our world, and our universe.

  • Published: 23 April 2013
  • ISBN: 9780141939438
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

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Praise for Time Reborn

[Praise for Lee Smolin's The Trouble With Physics]: The best book about contemporary science written for the layman that I have ever read . . . Read this book. Twice

Sunday Times

Unusually broad and deep . . . his critical judgments are exceptionally penetrating

Roger Penrose

Brave, uniquely well-informed . . . does a tremendous job

Mail on Sunday

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