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2018 Week 4 Course 6

In Search of Time:


The Art and Science of the Fourth Dimension


Tim Barrett


Week 4

22 - 28 July 2018

‘What then is time?’ asked Saint Augustine. ‘If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I try to explain it to him who asks, I know not.’ And despite the best efforts of modern science and philosophy, still, today, we ‘know not’. This course celebrates the many mysteries of the fourth dimension, examining the inexhaustible lure of time’s arrow for physicists, writers of literature, film-makers, theologians and historians. We also explore the cultural origins of minutes and months and the myriad ways in which humans engage with time, from crude scratch-marks on stone to the mind-bending constructs of relativity and quantum mechanics, from art-house movies to the metaphysical musings of the novel.





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