It is a commonly-used saying that all of us are familiar with. We use it in various contexts of how we experience life, such as “Time flies when you’re having fun!” or “We have to make the time.” or “Hurry up! Time’s a-wastin!’”
This is the shared reality of our everyday experiences. We all see time, be it by clocks, children growing, the changing of the day to night, or the awareness of where we need to be by “a certain time.”
It is inescapable.
But what exactly IS time?
Alan Burdick, author of this hot-off-the-press newly released book, “Why Time Flies,” takes us on a fascinating and very fun exploration in search of the answer to this tantalizing question.
His explorations bring up many other very interesting questions: How do our minds record time? What is it that we are actually experiencing? Is the moment we are experiencing now actually “now?” Do children and infants experience time differently than adults? Why is it that the years seem to go by faster now than it did when we were kids?
By visiting with a host of numerous scientists ranging from physicists, psychologists, astrophysicist, and neuroscientists, his quest to learn all that he can in order to unravel what time is and how we experience it brings him all over the world. One of his travels brings him to stay up in the Arctic, purposely to lose the experience of the passing of the day since the sun stays in the sky 24 hours during the summer.
“Why Time Flies” provides us with an entertaining and witty up-to-date read of the current state of our world’s best knowledge on the subject of time, the one thing we always want more of and never seem to have enough
Ed and Cynthia Justus are owners of The Bookstore in Hanapepe.