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Entering time as a subject search at the Minnesota state library system creates a list of over 3,000 books. It's a colossal pile of paper, requiring immense energy to create and read. There are mathematical, psychological, sociological, philosophical, cosmological, theological descriptions of time. They describe how to calculate and accommodate our way through time –– if only we had enough time.

Tour of Time is a digest of about 30 books, exactly which ones I couldn't say. My reading list did not survive the transition from that time to this time, but it's of little consequence. Much of what's written is repetition of earlier repetitions.

One author, J. T. Fraser, stands apart from the crowd. He wrote four books on time, greatly influencing Tour of Time. He's a towering intellect who's read  much, and developed  his own ideas about time. A listing of his work follows:

The Genesis and Evolution of Time: a Critique of Interpretation in Physics Published 1982 by Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press.

Of Time, Passion, and Knowledge: Reflections on the Strategy of Existence  Published 1975 by Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.

Time As Conflict: a Scientific and Humanistic Study, Published 1978 by: Basel [etc.]: Birkh user.

Time, the Familiar Stranger, Published 1987 by Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press.

I recommend Time, the Familiar Stranger as being the most elegant in presentation.

Isaac Asimov wrote The Clock We Live On, published 1959, by London, New York, Abelard-Schuman, a clear history of time keeping systems.

Gary Zukav wrote The Dancing Wu Li Masters: an Overview of the New Physics, published 1980, by Toronto; New York: Bantam Books. It's an excellent presentation by a non-physicist on sub atomic reality, the world of probable maybes that supports our concreteness.

Also worth mentioning is Benjamin Whorf who wrote Language, Thought and Reality, published 1956, by Cambridge, M. I. T. Press. He was an engineer by training, fire inspector by profession and linguist by avocation. He studied the Hopi language, and it's relation to their sense of time and way of being.



My thanks to the following people for generously sharing their talents.

  • Benjamin Tubb,, for his recording on the Sounds page. This recording was downloaded from The Classical MIDI Archives, where you'll find lots more. Click here to find more recordings by Benjamin Tubb.

  • Jean-Francois Colonna, colonna@cmapx.
    , for his mathematically generated graphics. You'll see them scattered about the Previews and Links pages. These are but a few of the images at

  • Bob Taylor of Teachers College for the use of his Thinker, who sits and sits, pondering away.

  • June Drake of San Francisco for her photograph that appears on day 39 of the tour, a sunny snowscape with deep shadows, somehow bridging the gap between our conscious and Unconscious being.

  • Loren Younggren,,   of Hallock, Minnesota for his photograph on Day 45, a misty fog creeping over the still river as the sun muscles its way in.

  • The Kittson County Historical Society of Minnesota for their archival portrait of Day 44, a proud family living in the best of times.


















































































































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