Stop all the clocks, put the champagne back in the bottle — it turns out that 2016 isn’t over after all; in fact, the very idea of time passing us by might be an illusion. That’s been the view of physicists since Einstein, who have argued that all time, past, present and future, is like space provided in a single block.
Enter Lee Smolin, a theoretical physicist based at the Perimeter Institute in Ontario, who claims that the orthodox approach championed by physicists is out of sync with reality and experience. Is the flow of time an illusion? In this new release from the Institute of Art and Ideas, Smolin winds back the clock on one of the fundamental components of existence: the passage of time.
— David Maclean, IAI
[Lee Smolin is the author of Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe]