Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation

Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation


“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 readers 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 twenty-fifth 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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  • WhyTimeFlies 01 Open

    Duration: 38s

  • WhyTimeFlies 02 TitleandQuotes

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  • WhyTimeFlies 03 Foreword

    Duration: 13min

  • WhyTimeFlies 04 TheHours

    Duration: 34min

  • WhyTimeFlies 05 TheDays

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  • WhyTimeFlies 06 TheDays

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  • WhyTimeFlies 07 TheDays

    Duration: 18min

  • WhyTimeFlies 08 TheDays

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    Duration: 23min

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  • WhyTimeFlies 12 TheDays

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  • WhyTimeFlies 13 ThePresent

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  • WhyTimeFlies 14 ThePresent

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  • WhyTimeFlies 15 ThePresent

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  • WhyTimeFlies 16 ThePresent

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  • WhyTimeFlies 20 ThePresent

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  • WhyTimeFlies 21 ThePresent

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  • WhyTimeFlies 22 WhyTimeFlies

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  • WhyTimeFlies 28 Credits

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