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The Order of Time
Carlo Rovelli
To be released 8th May
Reviewed by Phil

I enjoyed Carlo Rovelli's earlier book, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, and was really pleased to receive an advanced reader's copy of his latest book, The Order of Time. It did not disappoint. How could it, when it poses such wonderful questions as "Why do we remember the past and not the future?" and "Do we exist in time or does time exist in us?"

This is a lyrical exploration of some of these big questions, and more. It's a beautifully written book. Rovelli deftly pulls together thoughts and ideas from philosophy, literature and science to create this masterpiece. He clearly is passionate about his field, theoretical physics, and writes in such a brisk and precise manner that you are quickly swept along. From the opening paragraph to the very last page, this book is a delight. There are so many thought-provoking moments: Did you know, for example, that time passes more quickly the higher you climb? Hah! Or that time stands still at the border of a black hole? Fascinating stuff. Please don't be put off by the subject matter - this book is more poetry than science. Well worth the time spent reading, whatever time might be.

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