Evolving Conceptions of Time in the Light of Scientific Discoveries
2013, IX, 284 p. 71 illus.
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A unique treatment of longstanding puzzles in physics and philosophy
Draws together ancient and modern ideas from philosophy and natural science
Reflects on how an essential human concept has evolved with scientific knowledge
Proposes alternative approach to understanding time
The aim of this interdisciplinary study is to reconstruct the evolution of our changing conceptions of time in the light of scientific discoveries. It will adopt a new perspective and organize the material around three central themes, which run through our history of time reckoning: cosmology and regularity; stasis and flux; symmetry and asymmetry. It is the physical criteria that humans choose – relativistic effects and time-symmetric equations or dynamic-kinematic effects and asymmetric conditions – that establish our views on the nature of time. This book will defend a dynamic rather than a static view of time.
Content Level »Popular/general
Keywords »Direction of time - Entropy and statistical physics - Measurement of Time - Philosophy of time - Physics of time - Quantum Mechanics - Relativity - The cosmological arrow - The thermodynamic arrow