Time is always on our minds, and keeps moving along 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, New Yorker staff writer Alan Burdick takes readers on a personal quest to understand how time works 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.
"Erudite and informative, a joy with many small treasures."—Science
"[This book] captures us. Because it opens up a well of fascinating queries and gives us a glimpse of what has become an ever more deepening mystery for humans: the nature of time."—NYTBR