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Time and Man focuses on the endeavors of humans to probe the mysteries of time and to elucidate its properties. The discussions are both philosophical and factual in nature and encompass science as well as the physical sciences, biology and related disciplines (for example, evolution), and the humanities (for example, religion). Factual information is presented to help the reader gain a better understanding of the concepts associated with time.
Comprised of nine chapters, this volume first considers the passage of time and the experiences which humans associate with the concept of time before reflecting on what is meant by time. The discussion then turns to the questions of science related to the concept of time; the standards and measurement of time as well as the basic properties of clocks; and the connection between time and relativity. An operational definition of time is also presented. Subsequent chapters deal with the direction of time; the relationship of time to the universe and to natural events; and how human ideas of time had evolved based on a firm foundation of experiment, due almost entirely to Jean Piaget.
This book is aimed at students of all ages.
Chapter 1. The Experience of Time
Our Own Experience
What is Time?
Chapter 2. The Questions of Science
Collection of Data - What?
Description and Correlation of Data - How and Why?
Chapter 3. The Measurement of Time
Time Interval and Point of Time
Basic Properties of Clocks
Standards of Time
Standard Reference Points in Time
Chapter 4. The Operational Definition of Time
Simultaneity and Absolute Time
Chapter 5. Time and Relativity
Velocity of Light
The Theory of Relativity
Chapter 6. The Direction of Time
The Flow of Time
Order and Disorder
Order and Probability
Relation to Thermodynamics
How Universal is the Second Law?
Breakdown of Microscopic Time Reversal
Chapter 7. Time and The Universe
Time Scale of the Solar System
The Age of the Universe
The Steady State Theory of the Universe
Changing Time Scales
Chapter 8. Time in Nature
Time and Evolution
Chapter 9. Time and Man
The Child's Developing View
The Adult Mind
On Philosophy and Religion
Time in Literature
The Timekept City
References and Further Reading
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- © Pergamon 1978
- 1st January 1978
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