Now

  • by Richard A. Muller
  • Narrated by Christopher Grove
  • 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

You are reading the word now right now. But what does that mean? What makes the ephemeral moment now so special? Its enigmatic character has bedeviled philosophers, priests, and modern-day physicists from Augustine to Einstein and beyond. Einstein showed that the flow of time is affected by both velocity and gravity, yet he despaired at his failure to explain the meaning of now. Equally puzzling: Why does time flow? Some physicists have given up trying to understand and call the flow of time an illusion, but eminent experimentalist physicist Richard A. Muller protests. He says physics should explain reality, not deny it.
In Now, Muller does more than poke holes in past ideas; he crafts his own revolutionary theory, one that makes testable predictions. He begins by laying out - with the refreshing clarity that made Physics for Future Presidents so successful - a firm and remarkably clear explanation of the physics building blocks of his theory: relativity, entropy, entanglement, antimatter, and the big bang. With the stage thus set, he reveals a startling way forward.
Muller points out that the standard big bang theory explains the ongoing expansion of the universe as the continuous creation of new space. He argues that time is also expanding and that the leading edge of the new time is what we experience as now. This thought-provoking vision has remarkable implications for some of our biggest questions, not only in physics but also in philosophy, including the ongoing debate about the reality of free will. Moreover, his theory is testable. Muller's monumental work will spark major debate about the most fundamental assumptions of our universe and may crack one of physics' longest-standing enigmas.
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Most Helpful

Incredible story and explanations.

Great food for thought and very complete.
Diagrams in Pdf.. But where is pdf? NO reference on where to get it
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- NRivere

Physicist is incompetent philosopher

Finishing this book was arduous.

The taxing condescending tone doesn't help the incompetent philosophy.

This book is about 5% interesting physics. The rest is wikipedia level introductory material and religious and political propaganda argued for without any understanding of the philosophical subjects involved.

This book would never pass peer review. Not that it has to.

Muller also rants about scientific metaphors using natural language terms, yet transgresses more on that front in this very volume than most.

May make an interesting read for fans of Chopra, otherwise avoid at all costs.

Terribly damaging to the intended audience, American High School students, this unclear mess is best forgotten about.

I suggest you wait for more papers on the actual theory being proposed - ephemerality as another horizon of expanding spacetime, the physics are truly interesting.
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- Amazon Kunde

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-09-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audio