The present (or now) is the time that is associated with the events perceived directly and in the first time, not as a recollection (perceived more than once) or a speculation (predicted, hypothesis, uncertain). It is a period of time between the past and the future, and can vary in meaning from being an instant to a day or longer. In radiocarbon dating, the "present" is defined as AD 1950.
It is sometimes represented as a hyperplane in space-time, typically called "now", although modern physics demonstrates that such a hyperplane can not be defined uniquely for observers in relative motion. The present may also be viewed as a duration (see specious present).
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Famous quotes containing the word present:
“the future is simply nothing at all. Nothing has happened to the present by becoming past except that fresh slices of existence have been added to the total history of the world. The past is thus as real as the present.”
—Charlie Dunbar Broad (18871971)
“Sometimes all you need to do to win clever people over to a principle is to present it in the form of a shocking paradox.”
—Friedrich Nietzsche (18441900)
“There was a literary gentleman present who who had dramatised in his time two hundred and forty-seven novels as fast as they had come outand who was a literary gentleman in consequence.”
—Charles Dickens (18121870)