Have you ever been shot with the arrow of time? Or perhaps you’ve been haunted by the feeling of pervasive timelessness?

If any answer for those questions is “yes”, this might be the movie for you: Julian Barbour’s Bottom’s Dream. Julian will tell you quite a lot about the origin of the difference between the past and the future – and the nature of time itself.

The movie, another – after Daniel C. Dennett’a Do Lobsters Have Free Will – installment of the Pioneers series, is now available at amazon.com and amazon.co.uk.

Music was “provided” by Musopen project, and by wonderful Kimiko Ishizaka. She’s the pianist behind the The Open Goldberg Variations project, something truly unique in the revenue fixated world.

Watch the movie, listen to the Bach’s music, enjoy, and express your thoughts in reviews!

Many thanks in advance.


And a handful of information about the movie and its protagonist in case you haven’t heard of them yet.

Julian Barbour: Bottom's Dream
Julian Barbour: Bottom’s Dream

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.


Bottom’s Dream is not the only project I worked on with Julian Barbour. Last year we had fun shooting those explainer videos for Julian’s website. An example presenting the ideas behind the theory of shape dynamics to be seen below.