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

Dean Buonomano (UCLA)



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04 April 2017
Cognition & cognitive psychology; Mathematics & Sciences; Time (chronology), time systems & standards; Neurosciences
Time is the most common noun in the English language yet philosophers and scientists don't agree about what time actually is or how to define it. Perhaps this is because the brain tells, represents and perceives time in multiple ways. Dean Buonomano investigates the relationship between the brain and time, looking at what time is, why it seems to speed up or slow down and whether our sense that time flows is an illusion. Buonomano presents his theory of how the brain tells time, and illuminates such concepts as free will, consciousness, space-time and relativity from the perspective of a neuroscientist. Drawing on physics, evolutionary biology and philosophy, he reveals that the brain's ultimate purpose may be to predict the future?and thus that your brain is a time machine.
By:   Dean Buonomano (UCLA)
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 244mm,  Width: 163mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   473g
ISBN:   9780393247947
ISBN 10:   0393247945
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   04 April 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dean Buonomano is a professor of neurobiology and psychology at UCLA and a leading theorist on the neuroscience of time. His previous book, Brain Bugs: How the Brain's Flaws Shape Our Lives, was a Wall Street Journal bestseller.

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

Our experience of time is not the same as time itself; the former is largely our creation. French philosopher Henri Bergson once publicly debated this point with Einstein - and lost. If only he'd had recourse to this book, written by one of the first neuroscientists to ask how the human brain encodes time. Take that, Albert! -- Science books we're keen to read in 2017 - New Scientist ... a readable exploration of how the architecture of the human brain shapes our understanding of the nature of time. -- The Bookseller

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