My favourite question:
Why is it we can remember the past but not the future?
This may sound, at first, like a rather silly question. The answer is obvious you might say: events in the past have already happened and so we remember them (to the best of our ability). Events in the future haven’t yet occurred and so it would be impossible for us to remember them. But this implies of course, that there is a very definite difference between past and future. And, it turns out, that in the physical world, in physics, the difference isn’t all that clear cut.
Let me be completely upfront here by saying that I’m a huge fan of books on physics (that laypeople like myself can actually read), and, in particular, the writings of Italian physicist Carlo Rovelli. And, as a composer, I’m especially interested in the idea of time, what it actually is.
(more to come…)