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This special edition of Scientific American focuses on "time": what it is, how we interact with it, define it, and measure it. "That Mysterious Flow" by Paul Davies examines our perception of time as a constant flow from past to future and explains the reasons that this is in all likelihood an illusion. Also included are five articles that look at the philosophy of time, the possibilities of time travel, how our brains biological clocks function, how our minds chronologically organize our experience, and a history of human efforts to build better time keeping devices. The narration of this audio edition is clear, crisp, and engaging providing an engrossing experience for listeners looking to expand their understanding or simply looking to kill time.

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This special edition of Scientific American contains six articles full of remarkable insights into the inner workings of your body and your mind. How does your biological clock keep you running? How does your brain make chronological sense of your experiences and memories? You'll also hear how scientists are striving to understand time, from its very origins to the possibility of a time machine. And, you'll get a fascinating history of the timepiece.
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    Interesting and Informative

    I'll be brief here. This is an interesting and logically explained discussion about time and relativity. Not in so much depth that I gave up but deep enough so as not to insult my intelligence. During a 90 minute country drive I listened to most of it - and my wife went to sleep after 30 minutes of it. Not a bad effort overall.

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    I bought four copies of SA from Audible...

    and this was the best of the lot, even though it's all pretty much beginner layman stuff. Old Einstein relativity retreads and kind of obvious "insights" about how perception and emotion determine the "feel" of time. Nothing terribly probing. The article on the history of timepieces may have been the best.

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    All about time

    Solid review of human perception of time from the neuroscience to the philosophical. Exceptionally enjoyed the article on the history of timekeeping.