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Now - The Physics of Time - and the Ephemeral Moment That Einstein Could Not Explain-logo

Now - The Physics of Time - and the Ephemeral Moment That Einstein Could Not Explain

Richard A Muller

You are reading the word "now" right now. But what does that mean? What makes the ephemeral moment "now" so special? Its enigmatic character has bedeviled philosophers, priests, and modern-day physicists from Augustine to Einstein and beyond. Einstein showed that the flow of time is affected by both velocity and gravity, yet he despaired at his failure to explain the meaning of "now." Equally puzzling: why does time flow? Some physicists have given up trying to understand, and call the flow of time an illusion, but the eminent experimentalist physicist Richard A. Muller protests. He says physics should explain reality, not deny it. In Now, Muller does more than poke holes in past ideas; he crafts his own revolutionary theory, one that makes testable predictions. He begins by laying out-with the refreshing clarity that made Physics for Future Presidents so successful-a firm and remarkably clear explanation of the physics building blocks of his theory: relativity, entropy, entanglement, antimatter, and the Big Bang. With the stage then set, he reveals a startling way forward. Muller points out that the standard Big Bang theory explains the ongoing expansion of the universe as the continuous creation of new space. He argues that time is also expanding and that the leading edge of the new time is what we experience as "now." This thought-provoking vision has remarkable implications for some of our biggest questions, not only in physics but also in philosophy-including the ongoing debate about the reality of free will. Moreover, his theory is testable. Muller's monumental work will spark major debate about the most fundamental assumptions of our universe, and may crack one of physics's longest-standing enigmas.

You are reading the word "now" right now. But what does that mean? What makes the ephemeral moment "now" so special? Its enigmatic character has bedeviled philosophers, priests, and modern-day physicists from Augustine to Einstein and beyond. Einstein showed that the flow of time is affected by both velocity and gravity, yet he despaired at his failure to explain the meaning of "now." Equally puzzling: why does time flow? Some physicists have given up trying to understand, and call the flow of time an illusion, but the eminent experimentalist physicist Richard A. Muller protests. He says physics should explain reality, not deny it. In Now, Muller does more than poke holes in past ideas; he crafts his own revolutionary theory, one that makes testable predictions. He begins by laying out-with the refreshing clarity that made Physics for Future Presidents so successful-a firm and remarkably clear explanation of the physics building blocks of his theory: relativity, entropy, entanglement, antimatter, and the Big Bang. With the stage then set, he reveals a startling way forward. Muller points out that the standard Big Bang theory explains the ongoing expansion of the universe as the continuous creation of new space. He argues that time is also expanding and that the leading edge of the new time is what we experience as "now." This thought-provoking vision has remarkable implications for some of our biggest questions, not only in physics but also in philosophy-including the ongoing debate about the reality of free will. Moreover, his theory is testable. Muller's monumental work will spark major debate about the most fundamental assumptions of our universe, and may crack one of physics's longest-standing enigmas.
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You are reading the word "now" right now. But what does that mean? What makes the ephemeral moment "now" so special? Its enigmatic character has bedeviled philosophers, priests, and modern-day physicists from Augustine to Einstein and beyond. Einstein showed that the flow of time is affected by both velocity and gravity, yet he despaired at his failure to explain the meaning of "now." Equally puzzling: why does time flow? Some physicists have given up trying to understand, and call the flow of time an illusion, but the eminent experimentalist physicist Richard A. Muller protests. He says physics should explain reality, not deny it. In Now, Muller does more than poke holes in past ideas; he crafts his own revolutionary theory, one that makes testable predictions. He begins by laying out-with the refreshing clarity that made Physics for Future Presidents so successful-a firm and remarkably clear explanation of the physics building blocks of his theory: relativity, entropy, entanglement, antimatter, and the Big Bang. With the stage then set, he reveals a startling way forward. Muller points out that the standard Big Bang theory explains the ongoing expansion of the universe as the continuous creation of new space. He argues that time is also expanding and that the leading edge of the new time is what we experience as "now." This thought-provoking vision has remarkable implications for some of our biggest questions, not only in physics but also in philosophy-including the ongoing debate about the reality of free will. Moreover, his theory is testable. Muller's monumental work will spark major debate about the most fundamental assumptions of our universe, and may crack one of physics's longest-standing enigmas.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Christopher Grove

Length:

10h 5m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:16


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:53


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:45


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:45


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:56


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

02:19


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:45


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:50


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:27


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

02:38


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:50


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:02


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:15


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:56


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:09


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:49


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:50


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:47


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:35


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:06


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:17


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:04


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:06


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:13


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:30


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:06


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:43


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

02:56


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:55


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:33


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

01:41


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:36


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:28


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:12


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:47


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:15


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:02


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:42


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

02:28


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:08


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:50


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:40


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:56


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:54


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:51


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:41


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:40


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:46


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:09


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

01:49


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:58


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:39


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

01:20


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:45


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

02:47


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:08


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:49


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:04


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:42


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:20


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:42


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:08


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:07


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:23


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:30


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

01:43


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:11


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

02:13


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:46


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

02:59


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

01:48


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:57


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

09:02


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:05


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:11


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

01:04


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:54


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:06


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:21


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:00


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:04


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:33


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:32


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:32


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

00:44


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

02:13


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:22


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:55


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:53


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:56


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

02:57


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

02:36


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

02:02


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:32


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:23


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:12


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:09


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:50


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:07


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

08:23


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

02:20


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:02


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:21


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:44


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:11


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

02:37


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

03:34


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:32


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

07:01


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:37


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:16


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:03


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

03:00


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:34


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:13


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

01:47


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

02:09


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:08


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

07:23


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:14


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:50


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

01:40


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

06:43


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

03:53


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:24


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:11


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:11


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

04:36


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

05:03


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

03:17


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:37


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

02:06


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:54


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

02:20


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

03:06


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

01:33


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

06:49


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

07:25


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

02:29


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

05:44


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

05:10


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

04:25


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

00:34