Summary

Penguin presents the audio edition of The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli. The best-selling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics takes us on an enchanting journey to discover the meaning of time. 
Time is a mystery that does not cease to puzzle us. Philosophers, artists and poets have long explored its meaning while scientists have found that its structure is different from the simple intuition we have of it. From Boltzmann to quantum theory, from Einstein to loop quantum gravity, our understanding of time has been undergoing radical transformations. Time flows at different speeds in different places, the past and the future differ far less than we might think and the very notion of the present evaporates in the vast universe. 
With his extraordinary charm and sense of wonder, bringing together science, philosophy and art, Carlo Rovelli unravels this mystery, inviting us to imagine a world where time is in us and we are not in time. 
©2018 Carlo Rovelli (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd
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Critic reviews

"A global superstar...Rovelli is making the grammar of the universe accessible to a new generation." (Channel 4 News)
"Benedict Cumberbatch's warm, resonant voice makes him a very fine narrator." (The Times)
"Cumberbatch possesses a deep and rich voice and reads the text in a precise but unhurried manner, with the result that we feel as if we are getting an exposition by an erudite but gentle teacher." (The New York Times)
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By Heisenberg on 27-04-18

Beautifully written and beautifully read.

Popular physics books can often by dry or full of technical language, but with Rovelli you get such wonderfully lyrical writing, drawing references from art and literature, and the wider cultural life, to illustrate the points he is making. A joy to read, or listen to, especially when read by Benedict Cumberbatch. A brief but profound book, that examines the physics and the philosophy of time. What is time? Does it even exist? What does the concept of now mean? This builds on Rovelli's earlier works, and is, I think, his best yet. Highly recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Laura Hammond on 03-05-18

A brilliant pairing of author and narrator

Magnificently read by Benedict Cumberbatch. It's an experience I'll never forget, lyrically written but accessible. A must listen!

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By Amazon Customer on 24-07-18

Enjoyable, intriguiging read on time.

Loved the performance of Benedict Cumberbatch. Warm voice and nice rhythm.

Refreshing combination of physics and poetry.

Not a technical book, rather a nice and thought-provoking read with interesting views and theories on time.

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By Linn on 13-06-18

Mundane linguistic insights coupled with a good description of our current understanding of the universe.

Mundane linguistic insights coupled with a good description of our current understanding of the universe. Many great references, poems and a timeline of our understanding of time in relation to thermodynamics. Field theory is a little glossed over. The worst part is the recurrence of the linguistic discussion, you can tell the author has a great frustration with the sort of questions people ask, but the faculties to help re-evaluate them are limited to repetition.

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