The Book of Time: Everything You Need to Know about the Biggest Idea in the Universe. Adam Hart-Davis

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In The Book of Time we see how philosophers, religions and scientists have tried to explain time as everything from a perfect cycle to ever-increasing chaos. We see how time works in the natural world and in our own bodies and minds, and how we've tried to measure it - first with calendars, then with increasingly sophisticated devices, from the Ancient Indian ghati and to the latest atomic clock.And from Aristotle to Einstein, we explore how time has been essential for scientists in their quest to understand the universe and everything in it. Not forgetting the deliciously weird world of time travel, explaining what is fact and what is fiction. This is the kind of book that you can dip into or read in depth - but either way we promise time will just fly by...

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Adam Hart-Davis is a scientist, author, photographer, historian and broadcaster, well-known for presenting the BBC television series "Local Heroes" and "What the Romans Did for Us" (and spinoff series on the Victorians, the Tudors, the Stuarts, and the Ancients). He was also a co-presenter of "Tomorrow's World", and presented "Science Shack". His most recent book is Science: The Definitive Visual History (Dorling Kindersley).

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Designed for the general reader and replete with illustrations (some pages are almost entirely taken up by visuals), the book tackles the concept of time from a variety of perspectives... Glossy and slickly done--but without succumbing to superficiality--the book should appeal to readers who are approaching time as a big idea for the first time. (David Pitt Booklist 2011-12-15)

Excellent graphics, photos, and captivating information keep the readers interest throughout [and] will encourage readers to question and investigate further. (Elizabeth Hayward National Science Teachers Association 2012-07-25)

Adam Hart-Davis has written an enthusiastic, accurate, nonmathematical discussion of time, intended for a general audience... An abundance of colorful illustrations support the text, aiding in the understanding of some of the more complex topics. Hart-Davis provides clear and accurate discussions of why humans needed to understand the progression of the seasons, why accurate clocks were critical to navigation on the world's oceans, and why the development of railroads required the standardization of time along the route... The Book of Time is a valuable reference that covers such a diversity of topics that interested readers are likely to be inspired to explore some of them in more detail. (George J. Flynn, State University of New York, Pla Science Books and Film 2013-01-01)

Fun and filled with splendid pictures. (C. A. Amantea RALPH 2013-08-01)

Best Books for Junior High and YA 2013 (Science Books and Film 2014-01-01)

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