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Why Time Flies - A Mostly Scientific Investigation

Alan Burdick

"Time" is the most commonly used noun in the English language; it's always on our minds and it advances through every living moment. But what is time, exactly? Do children experience it the same way adults do? Why does it seem to slow down when we're bored and speed by as we get older? How and why does time fly? In this witty and meditative exploration, award-winning author and New Yorker staff writer Alan Burdick takes readers on a personal quest to understand how time gets in us and why we perceive it the way we do. In the company of scientists, he visits the most accurate clock in the world (which exists only on paper); discovers that "now" actually happened a split-second ago; finds a twenty-fifth hour in the day; lives in the Arctic to lose all sense of time; and, for one fleeting moment in a neuroscientist's lab, even makes time go backward. Why Time Flies is an instant classic, a vivid and intimate examination of the clocks that tick inside us all.

"Time" is the most commonly used noun in the English language; it's always on our minds and it advances through every living moment. But what is time, exactly? Do children experience it the same way adults do? Why does it seem to slow down when we're bored and speed by as we get older? How and why does time fly? In this witty and meditative exploration, award-winning author and New Yorker staff writer Alan Burdick takes readers on a personal quest to understand how time gets in us and why we perceive it the way we do. In the company of scientists, he visits the most accurate clock in the world (which exists only on paper); discovers that "now" actually happened a split-second ago; finds a twenty-fifth hour in the day; lives in the Arctic to lose all sense of time; and, for one fleeting moment in a neuroscientist's lab, even makes time go backward. Why Time Flies is an instant classic, a vivid and intimate examination of the clocks that tick inside us all.
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"Time" is the most commonly used noun in the English language; it's always on our minds and it advances through every living moment. But what is time, exactly? Do children experience it the same way adults do? Why does it seem to slow down when we're bored and speed by as we get older? How and why does time fly? In this witty and meditative exploration, award-winning author and New Yorker staff writer Alan Burdick takes readers on a personal quest to understand how time gets in us and why we perceive it the way we do. In the company of scientists, he visits the most accurate clock in the world (which exists only on paper); discovers that "now" actually happened a split-second ago; finds a twenty-fifth hour in the day; lives in the Arctic to lose all sense of time; and, for one fleeting moment in a neuroscientist's lab, even makes time go backward. Why Time Flies is an instant classic, a vivid and intimate examination of the clocks that tick inside us all.

Language:

English

Narrators:

George Newbern

Length:

9h 26m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:39


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:54


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

13:16


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

34:34


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

14:18


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

20:24


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

18:03


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

15:58


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

23:20


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

11:13


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:31


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

20:06


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

17:30


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

20:00


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

35:30


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

25:56


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

23:20


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

25:27


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

37:18


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

44:05


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

12:54


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

29:48


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

16:52


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

43:13


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

23:10


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

22:58


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

00:47