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"The somewhat facetious narrating style and the abundance of illustrations are so inviting and rather addictive once you picked up the book." -- European Mathematical Society

"Pleasingly accessible volume that will give pleasure to academics, students, connoisseurs of coffee-table books and even the people who compile questions for Trivial Pursuit … Can be enjoyed as a source of scientific stories and images, as an unusual perspective on history, as a popular account of modern physics, and so on. Underneath them all is a wealth of serious science that will give readers insights into abstract fundamental ideas via concrete realities … Every science teacher would benefit from reading Time in Powers of Ten, but I hope it will have an even wider reach." -- Times Higher Education

"The authors have compiled a refreshing mix of historical anecdotes and examples from music to sport and biology to astronomy to lighten up the heavier taste of particle physics and cosmology… It is both an enjoyable read and very pleasant to browse at leisure… It fully conveys the authors' amazement at — as Feynman put it — our fantastically marvellous universe." -- Nature Physics

"The authors introduce the reader to the diversity of nature in a novel way by describing typical and interesting phenomena that occur or have occurred on many different time scales. The time scales considered differ by powers of ten, as the title of the book says, from the shortest times of which we have knowledge to the longest. I am sure many readers will enjoy the book as I have." -- Edward Witten, Fields Medalist

"Time is an essential dimension of life. Indeed, its remarkable and awesome variation of scale shapes the natural world. This book by Gerard 't Hooft and Stefan Vandoren gives us an exposé of a wide range of natural phenomena and their associated time scales, spanning the very small, the very large, and the life events of our universe. The book is elegantly illustrated and should be an enjoyable read for anyone interested in a deeper understanding of the fourth dimension, time, and how it shapes our lives." -- Ahmed Zewail, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

"Like the original Powers of Ten, it is a wonderful book for flipping through and thinking about puzzles and is a good introduction to basics like how to tell a quark from a lepton." -- The Dispatch

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company (May 19, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9814489816
  • ISBN-13: 978-9814489812
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #879,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rob Hardy HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 11, 2014
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In 1957, Kees Boeke published an influential book, _Cosmic View: The Universe in 40 Jumps_, looking at where we live in different, wide-ranging scales. This was the precursor for the famous short film by Charles and Ray Eames, _Powers of Ten_, a mind-blowing view of scales subatomic to cosmic, each step of the way moving ten times further out or closer in. There are plenty of variations of this sort of scaling view of our universe available now; the book form of the Eames film is especially good because one can flip pages to go ten times out or in, and there are internet versions as well. These efforts were the inspiration for _Time in Powers of Ten: Natural Phenomena and Their Timescales_ (World Scientific) by Gerard ’t Hooft and Stefan Vandoren. Both are theoretical physicists, and this is their foray into popularization (translated from the Dutch by Saskia Eisberg-’t Hooft). It has to be said that they have taken on a less intuitively comprehensible task with the dimension of time rather than the dimensions of space. We can, after all, move ten times closer to an object or ten times further away, and imagining doing this movement on a subatomic or cosmic scale is relatively easy. We cannot move ten times further into the past or future (although of course time moves on in one direction, so ten seconds in the future will get here eventually). So the pages here, leaping between progressive powers of ten, require not just attention for the sometimes dense factual information presented but also leaps of imagination. The authors, however, convey a sense of amazement, and readers will have a renewed feeling of how complicated things are, past, present, and future.

The book has a sensible structure. It starts with our friend the second, a scale of time we live with constantly.
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1 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Libby Dog on July 1, 2014
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