Why Time Flies

  • by Alan Burdick
  • Narrated by George Newbern
  • 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 listeners 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 25th 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 slowed a bit near the middle but...

Time slowed a bit near the middle but...sped up again near the end. Some very interesting mostly scientific details. The rat studies were less interesting to me and therefore apparently seemed to take an inordinate amount of time to get through. I will recommend this as interesting and informative but with one slower section. Good useful read.
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- heather

Nuanced and thoughtful

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Entertaining, educational, introspective, and timely (pun intended). This all too brief book deals with time, how we measure it, how our bodies perceive it, how our brains process it, and what we have yet to figure out. It is a well-balanced mixture of science and anecdote, explanation and emotion. Worth your time!

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- S. Yates

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-24-2017
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio