The Nature of Time (2020)

The Nature of Time looks at entropy and what it means for having an arrow or direction to time, as well as dealing with broader ideas of faith and beauty in science. Starting with Boltzmann's formulation of the Second Law of thermodynamics as entropy always i... read more

Completed On: 01 Oct, 2020

Duration: 25 min 12 sec

Genres: Documentary, Short

Country: United Kingdom

Director: William Brooke

Submitted By: William Brooke

The Nature of Time Poster
The Nature of Time looks at entropy and what it means for having an arrow or direction to time, as well as dealing with broader ideas of faith and beauty in science.
Starting with Boltzmann's formulation of the Second Law of thermodynamics as entropy always increasing to the future, the film deals with the Poincare and Zermelo conjecture, the "Boltmann's Brain" argument and the Skeptical Crisis that follows.

"When I look at the heavens, and I see the stars, what is man that you are mindful of Him"- Psalms
  • Directors
    William Brooke
  • Producers
    Edith Greaves
  • Cinematography
    Lily Grimes
  • Editors
    Chloe Hardwick
  • Film Type
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres
    Educational
  • Runtime
    25 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date
    01 Oct, 2020
  • Production Budget
    12000 USD
  • Country of Origin
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming
    United Kingdom
  • Film Language
    English
  • Shooting Format
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Film Color
    Color
  • Student Project
    No
  • First-time Filmmaker
    Yes

Director's Biography

When I studied Physics I was always struck by how we can start with the most basic of fundamental laws, and by building these up with nothing but logic, we arrive at the most surprising philosophical places.

Many films and videos discuss the results of physics but few start from the ground up and walk the audience through the actual physics. By letting the audience see for themselves how these incredible results are arrived at, I hope to demonstrate the emotional journey undergone by those who dedicate their life to working in such abstract disciplines.

This is the journey I have tried to capture in my filmmaking and has been described by many of the best Physicists as almost religious in feeling.

Director's Statement

The Nature of Time looks at entropy and what it means for having an arrow or direction to time, as well as dealing with broader ideas of faith and beauty in science.
Starting with Boltzmann's formulation of the Second Law of thermodynamics as entropy always increasing to the future, the film deals with the Poincare and Zermelo conjecture, the "Boltmann's Brain" argument and the Skeptical Crisis that follows.

"When I look at the heavens, and I see the stars, what is man that you are mindful of Him"- Psalms

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