Many philosophers, theologians, physicists and mathematicians have speculated on the nature of time. Recent scientific work is said to explain why time runs forward from past to future. But time still contains many mysteries - black holes, big bangs, asymmetries and relativities, arrows and loops.
Why does time appear to run in only one direction? We remember the past- but why not the future? We can influence the future- but could we, even theoretically, influence the past?Generations of philosophers and theologians, physicists and mathematicians have puzzles and speculated about these and the many other questions that surround the concept of time. Recent scientific work is said to explain the directionality of time. But time still contains many mysteries- black holes and big bangs, asymmetries and relativities, arrows and loops - that will doubtless continue to occupy us for centuries to come.In this impressive collection of original articles ten internationally known scholars explore and explains the nature of time, apace and now space-time. Founded on the latest developments in thermodynamics, quantum theory and cosmology, their ideas will fascinate anyone interested in Einstein's theory of relativity.
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Raymond Flood is Emeritus Fellow and a member of the Continuing Education Department at Kellogg College, Oxford, and has been a Professor of Geometry at Gresham College. Michael Lockwood is an editor of The Nature of Time published by Wiley.
Table of Contents
The Contributors vii 1 Introduction 1 2 Time 'Paradoxes' in Relativity 6 3 Space, Time and Space--Time: A Philosopher's View 22 4 Big Bangs, Black Holes and 'Time's Arrow' 36 5 Time and Cosmology 63 6 Time and Dispersal: The Second Law 80 7 Time Asymmetry and Quantum Mechanics 99 8 The Open Future 125 9 Causal Loops 135 Glossary 170 Bibliography 180 Index 183
The Nature of Time by Raymond Flood
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