The Order of Time

To be perfectly honest I have no business reviewing this book because I mostly didn’t understand large chunks of it. I also didn’t particularly *want* to understand it, so it was hard for me to engage.

I think this book attempted to explain the physics of time. What is time? What ISN’T it? How do we experience it, and how is that different from what it really is?

What the book never really did was convince me that any of it mattered. I’m still going to have a meeting tomorrow at 9:00, regardless of whether the clock is merely a construct.

I would say that I felt like I was in a boring high school class, but that’s not quite right. There was an elegance to this book that isn’t in most science classes. The author references classical literature and philosophy, in addition to math and science. There’s a hefty infusion of the liberal arts in this physics lab, which is kind of neat.

Part of me says that I would recommend this book to somebody who liked physics and math, but I don’t think that’s quite right because I think they’d find it simplistic. But I wouldn’t recommend this book to somebody who DOESN’T like physics and math (e.g., me) because they’ll be left feeling bored and stupid (e.g., also me.) So I’m not sure who I would recommend this to, but I guess there must be a lot of people who would like it, because it’s a bestseller.


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