From what it is and why it only goes one way to how we perceive its passage and whether we could live without it, a journey exploring the many outstanding questions about time is always worth taking
15 June 2022
THERE is nothing quite so simultaneously familiar and enigmatic as time, the focus of this week’s issue. Which is perhaps what always makes it such a joy to indulge in our unique ability to explore the many ongoing mysteries of time – and to chase a better understanding of the most puzzling dimension of all.
We can’t even agree on what time is, though many people suspect answers could lie in the mismatch between how it manifests in general relativity – Einstein’s theory of gravity – and quantum mechanics, which describes the behavior of subatomic particles and forces. Figuring that out could finally lead us to a…