“In this always-thought-provoking investigation, New Yorker staff writer Alan Burdick examines the greatest oppressor, master and gift humanity has ever known: time.”
Featured in Smithsonian’s Best Science Books of 2017.
Time is one of the greatest arcane mysteries of human life, and author Alan Burdick powerfully attempts to gauge this with a deluding simple question: “What is time?” in his latest book: Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation.
Burdick points out to the paradox between our search for accuracy in clocks and the extremely imprecise nature of our measurements of time.
He observes that time is much more than a mere technical construct. The bodies of almost all the living beings contain clocks, also known as cardiac rhythms that play a vital role in influencing various bodily functions such as the speed of hair growth, body temperature, alertness, etc. This internal clock is a collaborative activity of the various regions of our brain.
Burdick tracks down the origin of these rhythms to a molecular level that goes down to the genes that code them. It’s an impactful plunge, into the most unseen elementary functionality that establishes our very existence.
This book focuses on human society’s concerted relationship with time. And the beautifully detailed Burdick’s description looks like it was rendered straight from a Science fiction novel.
Why Time Flies is a no doubt, a highly enlightening and intellectual investigation where Burdick introduces another fascinating element into his contemplation on our perception of time.