Wie wir ticken

Till Roenneberg

Wie wir ticken

Die Bedeutung der Chronobiologie für unser Leben

320 pages

First day of sale: 13.01.2016
ISBN 978-3-8321-9520-5

Übersetzung: Iris von Finckenstein

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Spring 2010 (new in paperback spring 2012)
About 240 pages

BMA Board of Science Award for the Public Understanding of Science 2013:
“Internal Time combines storytelling with accessible science tutorials to explain how our internal clocks work.
It was praised by its reviewer as 'an excellently constructed and accessible read which reveals fascinating detail about our body clocks and internal time, using short anecdotes to explain scientific research and theory'.”

“A brilliant book.”— William Leith, The Telegraph

“As a scientist, Till Roenneberg has achieved the admiration and respect of his colleagues, now as the author of It’s about Time, a wider audience will appreciate the skill, enthusiasm and unique insight that he has brought to his science. Till Roenneberg is a world authority on the nature and importance of circadian rhythms, those amazing timing systems that are embedded deep within our biology and that regulate everything we do, adjusting our physiology and behaviour to the predictable demands of a 24h day. Till is passionate about circadian rhythms and committed to the idea that an understanding of these rhythms is critical for good health. Yet It’s about Time does not preach or bludgeon the reader into submission with turgid facts and figures, rather Till leads the reader gently by the hand and imparts understanding and insight by making the reader think. This is a rare gift, and those of us who have attempted to make science accessible can only look on in admiration.

In 24 skilfully crafted chapters, the wonders of circadian rhythms are peeled back to reveal the beauty of internal time. The personalities involved in some of the key discoveries are introduced to us like old friends and the sheer thrill of scientific discovery – the finding of something new - is conveyed with an excitement that elevates the pulse. Brain structures, novel light sensing mechanisms, clock genes, proteins, shift-work, the natural world, mutant hamsters, cultural differences, algae, sleep, jet-lag, the elderly, accidents, teenagers, the seasons, scientific prejudice, fruit flies, personality type, disease and even fungi are all introduced to us and their rhythmic attributes teased apart, then reassembled to provide an astoundingly coherent account of biological clocks and the nature of internal time. This is a wonderful book from a gifted scientist, thinker and writer that provides the reader with the rare opportunity to discover something new about themselves and the world in which they live.”
Professor Russell G. Foster FRS, University of Oxford

The press on the English edition (Harvard University Press):

“Time really is of the essence, says medical psychologist Till Roenneberg. By neglecting our body clocks—which rarely run in synchrony with the crazily cranked-up pace of modern life—we can develop ‘social jetlag,’ endangering our health and careers. Roenneberg has built his book on decades of research in everything from fungi and single-celled organisms to humans. In brilliantly minimalist terms, he explains the temporal mismatches behind teen exhaustion, early birds and night owls, and sleep phobia.”—Nature

“In Internal Time, Till Roenneberg, a chronobiologist at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, takes readers on a journey through this mysterious area of science. He explores why some people are larks and others owls, why jet lag can be so debilitating to travelers, and why teenagers struggle to get out of bed in the morning… Roenneberg is a knowledgeable guide, with a talent for making difficult concepts clear and convincing… This is a fascinating introduction to an important topic, which will appeal to anyone who wishes to delve deep into the world of chronobiology, or simply wonders why they struggle to get a good night’s sleep.”—Richard Wiseman, New Scientist

“Internal Time made me think deeply about what it means to be a time-bound organism: about the ways we live in time and the ways time lives in us. It is, in an unusually literal sense, a book about what makes us tick.”—Kathryn Schulz, New York Magazine

“Till Roenneberg’s book is an engaging and informative layman’s introduction to circadian science and its implications for contemporary humans… By integrating quality scientific exposition with well-rounded human vignettes, Roenneberg’s book shows how sophisticated human behaviors arise partly from our embodied earthly nature.”— Greg Murray, Times Higher Education

“Internal Time is a cautionary tale—actually a series of 24 tales, not coincidentally. Roenneberg ranges widely from the inner workings of biological rhythms to their social implications, illuminating each scientific tutorial with an anecdote inspired by clinical research… Written with grace and good humor, Internal Time is a serious work of science incorporating the latest research in chronobiology… [A] compelling volume.”—A. Roger Ekirch, The Wall Street Journal

“Fascinating… Other books have dealt with our biological clocks, but Roenneberg focuses on the ways in which societal pressures seem to be leading us to disregard our clocks, at considerable cost.”—Rob Dunn, Wilson Quarterly
“Internal Time is an accessible, up-to-date overview of a subject that is important to all of us. With its remarkable depth and breadth of coverage, this book should be of interest to a wide and diverse audience.”— Martin Zatz, Editor, The Journal of Biological Rhythms

Till Roenneberg is Professor of Chronobiology at the Institute for Medical Psychology at Ludwig Maximilian University Munich. Roenneberg is one of the first scientists to dedicate himself to chronobiology.

English text available!

Rights sold to:
Babel & Voss (Dutch);Harvard University Press (English World); Edizioni Dedalo (Italian); Chungrim Publishing (Korean); Chongqing Daily News (Simplified Chinese Characters); Intershift (Japanese)

Till Roenneberg

Till Roenneberg, geboren 1953 in München, studierte an der Universität München und dem University College London und forschte mehrere Jahre an der Harvard University. Er ist heute Professor am Institut für Medizinische Psychologie an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. Till Roenneberg erforscht als einer der ersten Wissenschaftler die Chronotypen des Menschen. Die englische Übersetzung seines Buches ›Wie wir ticken. Die Bedeutung der Chronobiologie für unser Leben‹ wurde 2013 von der British Medical Association mit dem BMA Medical Book Award (Kategorie BMA Board of Science Award for the Public Understanding of Science) ausgezeichnet.