5 Ways to Understand the Concept of Time


Close up of a watchHow much time do you have?

It’s a question that we ask and hear every day.

In today’s time-starved world, the answer is usually “not much”.

My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.
― Steve Jobs

But let’s step back for a moment. What do we really mean by not much?

Time is a relative concept. It makes sense in small pieces. But when we look at huge stretches of time, it provides insights into some of life’s biggest questions, like “how did life become so complex?” and “how can such complex lifeforms have been created merely by chance?” or even “is time travel possible?”

The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.
― Albert Einstein

Here are five engaging and short videos that’ll help us understand time in no time.

Because of relativity, time moves faster the farther away we are from the center of the earth, meaning that our heads age slightly quicker than our feet.

Space is where things happen. Time is when things happen. And sometimes, in order to really look at the universe, we need to take those two concepts and mash them together.

A brief look at the evolution of time, and examines what it means to live in 4 dimensional space-time.

Theoretical physicist at Caltech and Author of “From Eternity to Here”, Sean Carroll presents his thoughts on the concept known as the “arrow of time”.


David James

David James

A Brit living in the United States, I'm interested in how we can better use technology to learn and collaborate. My interests include history, creativity & innovation, British culture and travel, philosophy in business, and educational technology.

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