What Is Time?: An Enquiry (Paperback)
We refer to time constantly, and we compulsively measure its passing—but do we know what it actually is? In What Is Time?, Truls Wyller enquires into time’s complex nature, juxtaposing the latest scientific theories with our personal experience of chronology. The book examines the notion of time in physics, history, religion, anthropology, philosophy, and literature, and Wyller concludes by proposing his own theory of time: that the temporal character of any series of events is essentially practical and derived from human life. Written from a philosophical perspective, What Is Time? gives an accessible, rounded portrait of the nature of time, and it is essential reading for those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the motion of our everyday existence.
About the Author
Kerri Pierce is a translator focusing on Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, and German. She lives in Pittsford, New York.
"Wyller wades back into the thicket with What Is Time? An Enquiry, published in Norway in 2011 and now available in English translation. . . . The question remains a conundrum to the unaided intellect and too big for any one discipline to monopolize it. Wyller, a professor emeritus of philosophy and religious studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, naturally gives a tip of the hat to Augustine, though the majority of his references are to scientists, philosophers, and the occasional literary figure from the last two or three centuries. . . . A graceful overview."
— Scott McLemee
— Nature Astronomy
— Adrian Bardon, Wake Forest University, author of “A Brief History of the Philosophy of Time”