Scope for Imagination

Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive--it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we knew all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there?

-Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery

Friday, July 24, 2009

My big fat pile of library books--about Time

So, in my little dilettante way, as an appreciator of Science, I picked out a few library books on the subject of Time.
That's because it is plain mystifying to me that time runs in one direction only.
You know, "the past is history, the future is mystery."
We take it for granted, it is all we know.
Time is a river.
Time marches on.
I just want to understand why.

There is actually a good deal of scientific debate about the whys and wherefores of time's arrow. Everything else in the language of physics (other than time and entropy) works equally well backwards and forwards.

So I have to tuck into a book by Stephen Hawking or Brian Greene every now and again. And I think I kind of get the gist of things for a while, but when I try to explain what I think I just read, I realize I just have to start all over.

But I must say this one, How to Build a Time Machine by Paul Davies is really wonderful. Just the ticket for my summer reading marathon.

Part of what I love about it is the design of the book itself. It's slim and unintimidating.
And the title made me want to flip immediately to the end to find out if there was a schematic for such a thing...because I am both a skeptic and a sucker.
The graphics are simple and elegantly designed to convey some hard to picture concepts.
And the font is a lovely sans-serif (no little lines that complicate the typeface you usually see in newspapers and books)
Which makes me happy.
Because reading complicated stuff is easier when the words are easiest to make out...(like the way green highway signs have lovely legible white letters without serifs, so you can read them at 70 mph) Because I have really bad eyesight.

1 comment:

noho1960 said...

I am thankful for friends like you who state and restate science fact for me. Your presentation always lifts my heart and I don't mind one bit if you require refresher courses every 15 minutes.

Peace and big love to you, friend.

Lovey, wen