AbstractEinstein shocked the world by revealing that time can be different for different observers. This book offers a possible explanation of why it is so. It offers a never-attempted-before approach to understand the secret of time. As we all know, there is an intimate relationship between time and age of objects. But what is this relationship? The author dives deep into the possible relationships between time and age of objects- animate or inanimate- and, in turn, emerges with a novel concept of time- time is a measurement of age. The book proposes that time is acquired by age, not required for it; and thus, time is an acquired property of objects. The author also proposes that just as length, width and height are the measurements of physical extensions of objects (their three spatial dimensions) and not any independent entities; time too, being the measurement of their age, is not independent of objects. In this sense, time seems to be the fourth dimension of objects instead of space. The book attempts to justify its hypothesis by testing its compatibility with Theory of Relativity. Also discussed is the meaning of the so called passage of time and the arrow of time on the basis of the model of time proposed here. The meaning of the much debated concept of time-travel is thoroughly discussed here and it is proposed that this concept, in the sense that we usually take, is a myth. Even if you can manage to reach your future by overcoming all technological limitations (as we all know, theory of relativity allows it), all your friends will be there with you, witnessing the same future. The only difference will be- your clocks will not agree with those of your friends.
REVIEW and WORDS OF PRAISE
Dayalanand Roy has written a charming book about time and its many enigmas and seeks to establish an intriguing connection between time and the age of things, both alive and dead.
--Julian Barbour, author of The Janus Point.
I personally found this book, The Fourth Dimension: Enigma of Time insightful. The book spans from the ‘definition of time’ to ‘time travel’, covering the biological, physical and relativistic views. I appreciate the efforts that the author has put in to get the best version of this book and I strongly believe that this book will surely be an instigation to enlighten the mystery about time. I wish a great success for this book.
--Prof Anchal Srivastava, Department of Physics, Institute of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
A fascinating book, written about one man's idea of the definition of "time." It opposes the idea that we age from the passing of time and asks instead, "Could time be a consequence of age?" I enjoyed reading about this new theory. It instilled new thought of the possibility that man has much to learn yet about time.
--Stephanie M. Lawrence, Author and Poet
About the AuthorDayalanand Roy, Associate Professor at S. M. M. Town P. G. College (Jananayak Chandrashekhar University), Ballia, U.P. (India) has been teaching Zoology for the last 30 years and has been credited with the publication of about 40 research papers. For the last decade, he has been intrigued by the underlying mysteries of time. In this book, he raises some radical problems of this subject and attempts to address them through an alternative approach.
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