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Time Reborn, Revisited, and Reconsidered

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What is time?

This deceptively simple question is the single most important problem facing science as we probe more deeply into the fundamentals of the universe. All of the mysteries physicists and cosmologists face—from the Big Bang to the future of the universe, from the puzzles of quantum physics to the unification of forces and particles—come down to the nature of time. The fact that time is real may seem obvious. You experience it passing every day when you watch clocks tick, bread toast, and children grow. But most physicists, from Newton to Einstein to today’s quantum theorists, have seen things differently. The scientific case for time being an illusion is formidable. That is why the consequences of adopting the view that time is real are revolutionary.

Lee Smolin, author of Time Reborn, joins us to argue that a limited notion of time is holding physics back. We’ll also talk to a Trinity College philosopher, a curator at the American Clock and Watch Museum, and YOU… …if there’s TIME.

Today's show was produced by Josh Allen.

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