Thursday, June 7, 2018

The Order of Time (La Scienza #11), by Carlo Rovelli (author), Benedict Cumberbatch (narrator), Erica Segre (translator), Simon Carnell (translator)

Penguin Books, April 2018 (original publication January 2005)

This is a book about time--about the nature of time, the ways that we misunderstand it, and what research is revealing about it.

The real nature of time is very different from what we experience in everyday life, in part because what we experience is to a significant degree our own creation. Events, Carlo Rovelli says, don't form an orderly queue like the English; they form a disorderly crowd, like the Italians. (Not an exact quote, because I was listening to the audiobook while driving, but pretty close.)

This is challenging material, but Rovelli and his translators do an excellent job laying it out for the layperson. I had to dig to find the names of the translators, Erica Segre and Simon Carnell, but they did an excellent job and deserve to be acknowledged. I suspect no one will be surprised to learn that it was a pleasure to listen to Benedict  reading it.

Highly recommended.

I bought this audiobook.