Time and Man

Time and Man

Pergamon International Library of Science, Technology, Engineering and Social Studies

1st Edition - January 1, 1978

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  • Authors: L.R.B. Elton, H. Messel
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483188065

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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.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    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?

    Model Making

    Pointer Readings

    Chapter 3. The Measurement of Time

    Time Interval and Point of Time

    Basic Properties of Clocks

    Standards of Time

    Standard Reference Points in Time

    Making Clocks

    Solar Time

    The Calendar

    Chapter 4. The Operational Definition of Time


    Measuring Velocity

    Simultaneity and Absolute Time

    Chapter 5. Time and Relativity

    Velocity of Light

    The Theory of Relativity

    Time Dilation

    Simultaneity Revisited


    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?

    Microscopic Systems

    Breakdown of Microscopic Time Reversal

    Chapter 7. Time and The Universe

    The Universe

    Time Scale of the Solar System

    Olbers's Paradox

    The Age of the Universe

    The Steady State Theory of the Universe

    Changing Time Scales

    Chapter 8. Time in Nature

    Geological Time

    Time and Evolution

    Biological Rhythms

    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


Product details

  • No. of pages: 126
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1978
  • Published: January 1, 1978
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483188065

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L.R.B. Elton

H. Messel

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