By James Gleick

From the acclaimed writer of The Information and Chaos, a mind-bending exploration of time go back and forth: its subversive origins, its evolution in literature and technology, and its effect on our realizing of time itself.

Gleick's tale starts off on the flip of the 20th century with the younger H. G. Wells writing and rewriting the glorious story that grew to become his first booklet, a global sensation, The Time Machine. a bunch of forces have been converging to transmute the human figuring out of time, a few philosophical and a few technological—the electrical telegraph, the steam railroad, the invention of buried civilizations, and the perfection of clocks. Gleick tracks the evolution of time shuttle as an idea within the culture—from Marcel Proust to Doctor Who, from Woody Allen to Jorge Luis Borges. He explores the inevitable looping paradoxes and examines the porous boundary among pulp fiction and sleek physics. eventually, he delves right into a temporal shift that's unsettling our personal second: the on the spot stressed out international, with its all-consuming current and vanishing future.

(With a colour frontispiece and black-and-white illustrations throughout.) 

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