The word 'time' is the most commonly used noun in the English language. Time is something that is fundamental to us; we live our lives regulated by it and we endure the seemingly ceaseless, unstoppable advance of it. But what is time - the thing, the noun, the article? Surely we know this, it must be obvious - time is so intrinsic to our existence, and so ubiquitous to our lives that understanding it can't be difficult?
In A Brief History of Time, page 1, Professor Stephen Hawking admits to not knowing exactly what time is. Space-time, maybe; time, no.
So it is a word used liberally to underpin fundamental scientific hypotheses; yet its understanding is a fudge. How come? Surely it can't be that complicated?
Or maybe we do understand time, and it’s really a simple notion. But the overuse, or misuse, of the word has clouded the definition. Should this quandary be in the realm of physics, cosmology or philosophy? I say it’s more a matter of semantics.
Rule number one: Define your terms.
Too many assertions are made about time by (otherwise) eminent academics, whilst apparently still in search of its meaning. How does that work? How can one make an assertion about something not yet fully defined, nor empirically evidenced?
The purpose of this web-site is to de-construct the many variable and confused notions surrounding time, and hence set out a succinct, clear, unambiguous definition, and show that it has simple, though subtle, meanings. And through a proper understanding of the word, we can show how simple time actually is.
The answers are all here - the 'mystery' of time is revealed in full - take your time…