Everyone knows what time is. We can practically feel it ticking away, marching on in the same direction with horrifying regularity. Time has enslaved the Western world and become our most precious commodity. Turn it over to the physicists however, and it begins to morph, twist and even crumble away. So what is time exactly?
Our digital lives rely on distributed computer systems, such as the internet, but understanding the order of events in such systems is not always straightforward.