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Time's Arrows Today : Recent Physical and Philosophical Work on the Direction of Time - Steven F. Savitt

Time's Arrows Today

Recent Physical and Philosophical Work on the Direction of Time

By: Steven F. Savitt (Editor)

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Published: 18th August 1997
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While it may seem indisputable that time flows in a linear fashion (from past to future), there are a number of philosophical and physical objections to this notion. In the quest to make sense of this conundrum, philosophers and physicists confront fascinating and irresistible questions such as whether effects can precede causes, and whether one can travel in time. In this book, eleven eminent scholars who stand at the boundary between physics and philosophy attempt to answer these questions. There are chapters by W. Unruh and H. Price on cosmology; A. Leggett, P. Stamp, and S. McCall on quantum theory; M. Barrett, E. Sober, and L. Sklar on thermodynamics, and P. Horwich and J. Earman on time travel. The book will be enjoyed by anyone of a speculative turn of mind fascinated by the puzzle of time.

'This collection of papers is an exemplary case of the beneficial effects of the interaction of philosophers and scientists in a non-polistical setting. It is also the state of the art on the problem of time's arrow ... Anyone working on the problem of the direction of time or the related issues discussed in the various chapters would be well advised to delve into it.' John Collier, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 'I heartily recommend this collection to anyone, philosopher or scientist interested in the direction of time. Many of the papers make significant contributions to the field, and I found almost all of them quite interesting, I am confident this book will emerge as a standard text in the philosophy of time.' Craig Callender, Canadian Philosophical Reviews

Introduction
Cosmology and Time's Arrow
Time, gravity, and quantum mechanics
Cosmology, time's arrow, and that old double standard
Quantum Theory and Time's Arrow
Time's arrow and the quantum measurement problem
Time, decoherence, and 'reversible' measurements
Time flows, non-locality, and measurement in quantum mechanics
Stochastically branching spacetime topology
Thermodynamics and Time's Arrow
The elusive object of desire: in pursuit of the kinetic equations and the second law
Time in experience and in theoretical description of the world
When and why does entropy increase?
Time Travel and Time's Arrow
Closed causal chains
Recent work on time travel
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ISBN: 9780521599450
ISBN-10: 0521599458
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 18th August 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 17.4  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.56