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The Clock Mirage


Joseph Mazur
The Clock Mirage: Our Myth of Measured Time

Joseph Mazur is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Marlboro College, in Marlboro, Vermont. He holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from M.I.T., is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim, Bogliasco, and Rockefeller Foundations, among others. 

His works have appeared in Nature, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Science, and many other publications. He has been profiled in media venues such as NPR’s “The Hidden Brain” and PRI’s “Innovation Lab”, CBS, the BBC, Vox, Radio Australia, Radio Ireland, and dozens of others. He is the author of Euclid in the Rainforest: Discovering Universal Truth in Mathematics; The Motion Paradox: The 2,500-Year Old Puzzle Behind All the Mysteries of Time and Space; What’s Luck Got to Do with It? The History, Mathematics, and Psychology behind the Gambler’s Illusion; Enlightening Symbols: A Short History of Mathematical Notation and Its Hidden Powers; and Fluke: The Math and Myth of Coincidence. The Clock Mirage: Our Myth of Measured Time is his latest book. 

He lives in Marlboro, Vermont.

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What is time? This question has fascinated philosophers, mathematicians, and scientists for thousands of years. Why does time seem to speed up with age? What is its connection with memory, anticipation, and sleep cycles?  

In his book The Clock Mirage, award‑winning author and mathematician Joseph Mazur provides an engaging exploration of how the understanding of time has evolved throughout human history and offers a compelling new vision, submitting that time lives within us. With a narrative punctuated by personal stories of time’s effects on truck drivers, Olympic racers, prisoners, and clockmakers, Mazur’s journey is filled with fascinating insights into how our technologies, our bodies, and our attitudes can change our perceptions. 

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