Julian Barbour | Bottom’s Dream

“We might be able to say something about the origin of the difference between the past and the future. This is the problem of the so-called arrow of time.”


Julian Barbour (b. 1937) is an independent physicist, and a science historian. For 40 years he has been tending his beautiful garden – and removing what he believes to be unnecessary terms from the physics toolbox. One of them is time, which, according to Barbour, is an illusion (he suspects size might also be superfluous, but that’s another story).

In recent years, Barbour has been working on a potentially revolutionary theory explaining where our sense of the passage of time and its direction comes from.

We meet Barbour at his home, in a small village near Oxford, accompanying him in his daily household chores.

Julian Barbour

Julian Barbour

JULIAN BARBOUR | Bottom’s Dream

Written, filmed, edited by Karol Jalochowski

Produced by POLITYKA weekly
Supported by Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore

Running time: 47:00
Original language: English

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