"Is Time Real?", "Time Reborn" by Lee Smolin
"We live in a universe that is always changing, full of matter that is always moving." - Lee Smolin
(article extract) We physicists are all romantics. Don't laugh; it's true. In our youth we all fall deeply in love. We fall in love with a beautiful idea: beyond this world of constant change lies another world that is perfect and timeless.
This eternal domain is made not of matter or energy. It's made from perfect, timeless mathematical laws. Finding those exquisite eternal laws — or better yet, a single timeless formula for everything — is the Holy Grail we dedicate our lives to.
Unless we lose faith in that Grail. That's what's happened to physicist Lee Smolin, author of the new book "Time Reborn". As he puts it:
"I used to think my job as a theoretical physicist was to find that formula. Now I see my faith in its existence as a kind of mysticism."
For Smolin there is no timeless world and there are no timeless laws. Time, he says, is real and nothing can escape it."
Time, of course, seems real to us. We live in and through time. But to physicists, time's fundamental reality is an illusion.
Full article and Audio of articlehttp://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2013/05/02/180037757/is-time-real
Lee Smolin website: eesmolin.comhttp://timereborn.com/wp/about-lee-smolin/biography
Lee Smolin is a theoretical physicist who has been since 2001 a founding and senior faculty member at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. His main contributions have been so far to the quantum theory of gravity, to which he has been a co-inventor and major contributor to two major directions, loop quantum gravity and deformed special relativity.
He also contributes to cosmology, through his proposal of cosmological natural selection: a falsifiable mechanism to explain the choice of the laws of physics.
He has also contributed to quantum field theory, the foundations of quantum mechanics, theoretical biology, the philosophy of science and economics.
He is the author of more than 150 scientific papers and numerous essays and writings for the public on science.
He also has written four books which explore philosophical issues raised by contemporary physics and cosmology. These are "Life of the Cosmos" (1997), "Three Roads to Quantum Gravity" (2001), "The Trouble with Physics" (2006) and "Time Reborn" (2013).
Born in New York City, Smolin attended Hampshire College and Harvard University. After postdocs at IAS Princeton, ITP Santa Barbara, and the University of Chicago he held faculty positions at Yale, Syracuse and Penn State University.
A Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Royal Society of Canada, Smolin was awarded the 2009 Klopsteg Memorial Award from the American Association of Physics Teachers and in 2008 was voted 21st on a list of the 100 most influential public intellectuals by Prospect and Foreign Policy Magazines.
He is also adjunct professor of physics at the University of Waterloo and a member of the graduate faculty of the philosophy department at the University of Toronto.