Your Brain Is a Time Machine: The Neuroscience and Physics of Time

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Time travel has fascinated us since the concept was introduced. Who hasn’t wanted a time machine of their own? Dean Buonomano proves that we already have one. Our brains are sophisticated devices capable of projecting us forward or setting us backward in time, allowing us a variety of unique abilities. The first half of the book is devoted to how the brain measures time. There are many different reasons for why being able to accurately measure time is useful; efficient sleep/wake cycles and verbal communication are impossible without an accurate clock. The natural follow-up question is: what is our brain measuring? What is time? Buonomano turns from neuroscience to physics to investigate. What is the most accurate way to measure time? Though at first, the topics of neuroscience and physics may seem to be only tangentially related, Buonomano explores their intersections with such wonder and interest that the reader cannot help but agree that these fields are intricately connected. Buonomano presents his material in an accessible way, with clear explanations of sometimes difficult concepts; his passion for his subject easily transfers to the reader. Reading this book leaves you with a new perspective regarding our brains, our selves, and the ubiquitous, and perhaps humble, wrist watch.

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Author Dean Buonomano
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 304 pages
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date 2017-04-04
ISBN 9780393247947
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Issue January 2020
Category Science & Nature


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