A Turtle on the Pond of Time:
Philosophical Dialogues that Question the Nature of Time
Is time a fundamental element of our universe? Or is it a human invention—a tool used to measure and predict movement and change? In this colorful collection of short dialogues, Andrew sheds a fanciful yet skeptical light on the idea that time is a like a river, magically sweeping everything along with it. If asked to supply his own metaphor, the author would describe our universe as something of a roiling pond. Yes, there is movement and change, with “things” aggregating into existence and dissolving out. Yet to speak of previous and subsequent states of matter and energy as belonging to “the past” or “the future” is to create a fictitious depth to our universe. Bunnies measuring speed, herrings charting distance, crabs arguing over “the infinite”—this book is one part Saturday morning cartoon, one part invitation to contemplating the nature of time. Intelligent, entertaining and thought-provoking, A Turtle on the Pond of Time aims to draw minds into questioning the existence of time.