Science and Philosophy Book Club

Cost: $4 donation

This group is dedicated to providing a friendly, free-thinking environment in which to discuss books that inspire rewarding conversation on subjects related to science and philosophy.

Join 'Pagemaster' Christine Gagnon to discuss this month's book:

In Search of Time: Journeys Along a Curious Dimension

By Dan Falk (science journalist and authour) (329p) (2008)

The enigma of time has also captivated science journalist Dan Falk, who sets off on an intellectual journey In Search of Time. The quest takes him from the ancient observatories of stone-age Ireland and England to the atomic clocks of the U.S. Naval Observatory; from the layers of geological “deep time” in an Arizona canyon to Albert Einstein’s apartment in Switzerland. Along the way he talks to scientists and scholars from California to New York, from Toronto to Oxford. He speaks with anthropologists and historians about our deep desire to track time’s cycles; he talks to psychologists and neuroscientists about the mysteries of memory; he quizzes astronomers about the beginning and end of time. Not to mention our latest theories about time travel — and the paradoxes it seems to entail. We meet great minds from Aristotle to Kant, from Newton to Einstein — and we hear from today’s most profound thinkers: Roger Penrose, Paul Davies, Julian Barbour, David Deutsch, Lee Smolin, and many more.

As usual, Dan Falk’s style combines exhaustive research with a lively, accessible, and often humorous style, making In Search of Time a delightful tour through a most curious dimension.


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  • Robert C.

    Is anyone going to the Atheist and Friend's meetup this Sunday? I did in fact read most of the book and I really was looking forward to discussing it with people. If only germs and work did not intervene as they had, I would have been at the book club meeting for sure.

    April 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I too just found out about the club so hadn't read the book and decided not to attend. I'm particularly interested in the new evolutionist aspect of scientific investigation as described by David Sloan Wilson (Evolution For Everyone, et al). Also interested in awakening awareness by scientists that anti-science (creationism, climate change denial, anti-stem cell research) needs to be directly confronted whilst re-introducing scientific investigation into social situations now dominated by political agendas - the impact of inegalitarianism on social stability and individual well-being (Wilkinson and Pickett, The Spirit Level). I'm currently reading The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation by socialogist Richard Sennett.

    April 30, 2013

  • Robert C.

    Had to work late tonight due to a co-worker's absence. Really sorry I couldn't make it out. What's the next book?

    April 29, 2013

  • Robert C.

    Hey, I work till 6:30 and I don't have a car. I'll be Biking, so I might be 5-10 minutes late. I am also new and just found out about this. I'll try to read most of the book before coming. Amazon will have it here by thursday.

    April 23, 2013

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