In “After Reading a Child's Guide to Modern Physics,” English poet W. H. Auden laments the disconnect between the picture of reality offered by physics and our ordinary experience:

Our eyes prefer to suppose

That a habitable place

Has a geocentric view,

That architects enclose

A quiet Euclidian space:

Exploded myths—but who

Could feel at home astraddle

An ever expanding saddle? (Auden 1962, 48)

Bradford Skow's Objective Becoming is therapy for those of us who, like Auden, feel alienated by the non-Euclidean space-time that modern physics offers us. Here is one way of understanding the tension. Suppose you think there is a real difference between the past, present, and future. And there is some kind of change in our world that is profoundly unlike mere spatial variation. Whatever time is, it genuinely passes. Objects in time change in profound ways as well....

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