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The End of Certainty : Time, Chaos and the New Laws of Nature - Ilya Prigogine

The End of Certainty

Time, Chaos and the New Laws of Nature

Hardcover Published: 17th August 1997
ISBN: 9780684837055
Number Of Pages: 208

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Time, the fundamental dimension of our existence, has fascinated artists, philosophers, and scientists of every culture and every century. All of us can remember a moment as a child when time became a personal reality, when we realized what a "year" was, or asked ourselves when "now" happened. Common sense says time moves forward, never backward, from cradle to grave. Nevertheless, Einstein said that time is an illusion. Nature's laws, as he and Newton defined them, describe a timeless, deterministic universe within which we can make predictions with complete certainty. In effect, these great physicists contended that time is reversible and thus meaningless.

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Oliver Sacks "Prigogine is a pioneer of chaos and self-organization theory, and his vision is as revolutionary and fundamental as Darwin's. With a fascinating blend of the conceptual, historical, and personal, he gives us a rare and privileged glimpse into one of the most adventurous scientific imaginations of our time."

Author's Note
Introduction: A New Rationality?p. 1
Epicurus' Dilemmap. 9
Only an Illusion?p. 57
From Probability to Irreversibilityp. 73
The Laws of Chaosp. 89
Beyond Newton's Lawsp. 107
A Unified Formulation of Quantum Theoryp. 129
Our Dialogue with Naturep. 153
Does Time Precede Existence?p. 163
A Narrow Pathp. 183
Notesp. 191
Glossaryp. 201
Indexp. 207
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ISBN: 9780684837055
ISBN-10: 0684837056
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 17th August 1997
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 15.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.34