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Author: Carlo Rovelli Narrator: Benedict Cumberbatch Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2018 ISBN: 9780525626084
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A concise, elegant exploration of time from the author of the international bestseller Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Why do we remember the past and not the future? What does it mean for time to “flow”? Do we exist in time or does time exist in us? In lyric, accessible prose, Carlo Rovelli invites us to consider questions about the nature of time that continue to puzzle physicists and philosophers alike.

For most listeners, this is unfamiliar terrain. We all experience time, but the more scientists learn about it, the more mysterious it appears. We think of it as uniform and universal, moving steadily from past to future, measured by clocks. Rovelli tears down these assumptions one by one, revealing a strange universe where at the most fundamental level time disappears. He explains how the theory of quantum gravity attempts to understand and give meaning to the resulting extreme landscape of this timeless world. Weaving together ideas from philosophy, science and literature, he suggests that our perception of the flow of time depends on our perspective, better understood starting from the structure of our brain and emotions than from the physical universe.

Already a bestseller in Italy, and written with the poetic vitality that made Seven Brief Lessons on Physics so appealing, The Order of Time offers a profoundly intelligent, culturally rich, novel appreciation of the mysteries of time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Meet the new Stephen Hawking…The Order of Time is a dazzling book.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “[The] excellent explanations of science, the heart and humanity of the book, its poetry and its gentle tone raise it to the level and style of such great scientist-writers as Lewis Thomas and Rachel Carson.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Rovelli introduces profound notions with ease, using simple but evocative language…He also has a knack for mixing his serious enterprise with a sense of humor.”

    Science magazine

  • “A compact and elegant book.”

    Nature

  • “Not since Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time has there been so genial an integration of physics and philosophy.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “The hours readers spend with Rovelli will forever transform their understanding of time.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • New York Times bestseller

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About the Author

Carlo Rovelli, an Italian theoretical physicist, is the head of the quantum gravity group at the Centre de Physique Théorique of Aix-Marseille Université. He is one of the founders of the loop quantum gravity theory and and the author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, a New York Times bestseller.

About the Narrator

Adrian Edmondson is well-known for his roles in The Young Ones, and Bottom, which he wrote with his long-term comedy partner, the late Rik Mayall. He recently starred in the BBC’s adaptation of War and Peace and won Celebrity Masterchef in 2013. His first adult novel, The Gobbler, was published in 1996. He has three daughters with his wife - actress, screenwriter and comedian Jennifer Saunders - and lives in London