“This unique set takes a strong interdisciplinary approach to a subject that is normally treated only from the scientific or philosophical perspective. Editor Birx (anthropology, Canisius Coll.), a Distinguished Research Scholar at SUNY Geneseo and an award-winning editor and author of numerous works on anthropology and evolution, has assembled an impressive team of contributors, including several librarians, to study the science, philosophy, theology, and culture behind the phenomenon of time. As stated in the introduction, the work’s ambitious goal is to develop a modern awareness of and appreciation for time from every angle imaginable. The biographical entries cover figures like Karl Barth and Karl Marx, while those dealing with culture cover concepts like materialism and weapons. A handy Reader’s Guide lists which entries fall under such broad categories as Biography, Physics/Chemistry, or Theories/Concepts. All of the 600-plus entries appear thorough and authoritative but are written in an easily readable style. BOTTOM LINE With a strong interdisciplinary approach to a subject that does not lend itself easily to the reference format, this work may not seem to support directly academic programs beyond general research, but it is a more thorough and up-to-date treatment than Taylor and Francis’s 1994 Encyclopedia of Time. Highly recommended.”
-Samantha Schmehl Hines, Univ. of Montana Lib., Missoula (Samantha Schmehl Hines Library Journal )
"With a strong interdisciplinary approach to a subject that does not lend itself easily to the reference format, this work may not seem to support directly academic programs beyond general research, but it is a more thorough and up-to-date treatment than Taylor and Francis’s 1994 Encyclopedia of Time. Highly recommended."
-Library Journal STARRED Review
Surveying the major facts, concepts, theories, and speculations that infuse our present comprehension of time, the Encyclopedia of Time: Science, Philosophy, Theology, & Culture explores the contributions of scientists, philosophers, theologians, and creative artists from ancient times to the present. By drawing together into one collection ideas from scholars around the globe and in a wide range of disciplines, this Encyclopedia will provide readers with a greater understanding of and appreciation for the elusive phenomenon experienced as time.
* Surveys historical thought about time, including those ideas that emerged in ancient Greece, early Christianity, the Italian Renaissance, the Age of Enlightenment, and other periods
* Covers the original and lasting insights of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin, physicist Albert Einstein, philosopher Alfred North Whitehead, and theologian Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
* Discusses the significance of time in the writings of Isaac Asimov, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Fyodor M. Dostoevsky, Francesco Petrarch, H. G. Wells, and numerous other authors
Contains the contributions of naturalists and religionists, including astronomers, cosmologists, physicists, chemists, geologists, paleontologists, anthropologists, psychologists, philosophers, and theologians
* Includes artists’ portrayals of the fluidity of time, including painter Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory and The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus, and writers Gustave Flaubert’s The Temptation of Saint Anthony and Henryk Sienkiewicz’s Quo Vadis
* Provides a truly interdisciplinary approach, with discussions of Aztec, Buddhist, Christian, Egyptian, Ethiopian, Hindu, Islamic, Navajo, and many other cultures’ conceptions of time
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