Author Talks: Together in Time: Jim Holt and Carlo Rovelli
International best-selling science writers Jim Holt and Carlo Rovelli examine the mysterious natures of time.
“Do we exist in time, or does time exist in us?” asks Italian theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli in his new book, The Order of Time. “Why do we remember the past and not the future…What ties time to our nature as persons, to our subjectivity?" Rovelli is the head of the Quantum Gravity group at the Centre de Physique Théorique of Aix-Marseille University and has devoted his life's work to understanding what time might truly be. The Order of Time is a compact primer on that life’s work heretofore as well as “that vast nocturnal and star-studded ocean of all that we still don’t know.”
Rovelli will be joined in conversation by Jim Holt, whose new book, When Einstein Walked with Gödel, collects essays written over the past twenty years. The anthology ponders questions as wide as the value of infinity, the mysteries of quantum mechanics, the nature of logic and truth, and the existence of time. “If there is one proposition about time that all scientifically inclined thinkers can agree on,” Holt writes, “it might be one due to the nonscientist Hector Berlioz, who is reputed to have quipped, ‘Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.’”
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