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About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bangby Adam Frank
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andlt;Bandgt;The Big Bang is all but dead, and we do not yet know what will replace it. andlt;/Bandgt;Our universeand#8217;s and#8220;beginningand#8221; is at an end. What does this have to do with us here on Earth? Our lives are about to be dramatically shaken againand#8212;as altered as they were with the invention of the clock, the steam engine, the railroad, the radio and the Internet. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In andlt;Iandgt;The End of the Beginningandlt;/Iandgt;, Adam Frank explains how the texture of our lives changes along with our understanding of the universeand#8217;s origin. Since we awoke to self-consciousness fifty thousand years ago, our lived experience of timeand#8212;from hunting and gathering to the development of agriculture to the industrial revolution to the invention of Outlook calendarsand#8212;has been transformed and rebuilt many times. But the latest theories in cosmologyand#8212; time with no beginning, parallel universes, eternal inflationand#8212;are about to send us in a new direction. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Time is both our grandest and most intimate conception of the universe. Many books tell the story, recounting the progress of scientific cosmology. Frank tells the story of humanityand#8217;s deepest questionand#8212; when and how did everything begin?and#8212;alongside the story of how human beings have experienced time. He looks at the way our engagement with the worldand#8212; our inventions, our habits and moreand#8212;has allowed us to discover the nature of the universe and how those discoveries, in turn, inform our daily experience. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;This astounding book will change the way we think about time and how it affects our lives.
Astrophysicist Adam Frank tells the story of time—how our experience of it and the science behind it have changed over the centuries, and how it’s all about to change again.
Time is both the grandest conception of the universe we human beings have been able to imagine and explore and the most intimate—the very frame of human life. A Paleolithic farmer moved through his day in a radically different way than did a merchant living in the great city of Babylon. Denizens of the Renaissance managed their lives quite differently when clocks were first introduced to town squares and time became a precise, shared experience. With the industrial revolution an entirely new level of precision and standardization began to dominate culture and a new politics followed in its footsteps. As the last century began the electrified world gave birth to yet another form of time that is the beginning of our own wireless world. Then with the dawn of the space age and the digital revolution we made our most recent jump, toward becoming slaves to the Outlook Calendar, living breathlessly in fifteen minute increments.
Weaving cosmology into our day-to-day experience with his lively wit and down-to-earth style, Frank combines the cosmological with the personal, explaining how our lives change along with our ideas of time and how we now find ourselves at the beginning of a new phase.
The Big Bang is dead and astrophysicist Adam Frank explains how our experience of time will change as a result.
About the Author
andlt;Bandgt;Adam Frankandlt;/Bandgt; is Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Rochester and a regular contributor to andlt;iandgt;Discoverandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Astronomyandlt;/iandgt; magazines. He has also written for andlt;iandgt;Scientific Americanandlt;/iandgt; and many other publications and is the co-founder of NPR's andlt;iandgt;13:7 Cosmos andamp; Cultureandlt;/iandgt; blog. He was a Hubble Fellow and is the recipient of an American Astronomical Society Prize for his scientific writing.
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