The Clock Mirage

The Clock Mirage Our Myth of Measured Time

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Publisher's Synopsis

Named one of Book Riot's Six Great Nonfiction Books about Time:  a tour of clocks throughout the centuries-from the sandglass to the telomere-that reveals the physical, biological, and social nature of time

"[A] mind-stretching book. . . . Skilfully written."-John Carey, Sunday Times (London)

What is time? This question has fascinated philosophers, mathematicians, and scientists for thousands of years. Why does time seem to speed up with age? What is its connection with memory, anticipation, and sleep cycles?  
Award‑winning author and mathematician Joseph Mazur provides an engaging exploration of how the understanding of time has evolved throughout human history and offers a compelling new vision, submitting that time lives within us. Our cells, he notes, have a temporal awareness, guided by environmental cues in sync with patterns of social interaction. Readers learn that, as a consequence of time's personal nature, a forty‑eight‑hour journey on the space shuttle can feel shorter than a six‑hour trip on the Soyuz capsule, that the Amondawa of the Amazon do not have ages, and that time speeds up with fever and slows down when we feel in danger.
With a narrative punctuated by personal stories of time's effects on truck drivers, Olympic racers, prisoners, and clockmakers, Mazur's journey is filled with fascinating insights into how our technologies, our bodies, and our attitudes can change our perceptions. Ultimately, time reveals itself as something that rides on the rhythms of our minds. The Clock Mirage presents an innovative perspective that will force us to rethink our relationship with time, and how best to use it.

Book information

ISBN: 9780300229325
Publisher: Yale University Press
Imprint: Yale University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 529
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xiv, 254
Weight: 578g
Height: 165mm
Width: 241mm
Spine width: 28mm