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On Borrowed Time: The Art and Economy of Living with Deadlines

Harald Weinrich


Life is short. This indisputable fact of existence has driven human ingenuity since antiquity, whether through efforts to lengthen our lives with medicine or shorten the amount of time we spend on work using technology. Alongside this struggle to manage the pressure of life's ultimate deadline, human perception of the passage and effects of time has also changed. This book examines a range of material—from Hippocrates to Run Lola Run—to put forth a new conception of time and its limits that, unlike older models, is firmly grounded in human experience. The author's analysis of the roots of the ... More

Keywords: life, deadlines, time, perception, pulse, sixth sense, brevity, human experience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226886015
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226886039.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harald Weinrich, author