Fundamental Theories of Physics

The Arrows of Time

A Debate in Cosmology

Editors: Mersini-Houghton, Laura, Vaas, Rüdiger (Eds.)

  • A selection of contributions by leading experts on the physics of time.
  • Addresses the most fundamental questions: what is time and how does it arise?
  • Each chapter offers a new and different perspective on the role of time in the cosmos.
  • Provides a comparison between philosophical and physical theories relating to time.
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The concept of time has fascinated humanity throughout recorded history, and it remains one of the biggest mysteries in science and philosophy. Time is clearly one of the fundamental building blocks of the universe and thus a deeper understanding of nature at a fundamental level also demands a comprehension of time. Furthermore, the origins of the universe are closely intertwined with the puzzle of time: Did time emerge at the Big Bang? Why does the arrow of time ‘conspire’ with the order of the initial state of the universe? 

This book addresses many of the most important questions about time: What is time, and is it fundamental or emergent? Why is there such an arrow of time, closely related to the initial state of the universe, and why do the cosmic, thermodynamic and other arrows agree? These issues are discussed here by leading experts, and each offers a new perspective on the debate. Their contributions delve into the most difficult research topic in physics, also describing the latest cutting edge research on the subject. The book also offers readers a comparison between the different outlooks of philosophy, physics and cosmology on the puzzle of time.

This volume is intended to be useful for research purposes, but most chapters are also accessible to a more general audience of scientifically educated readers looking for deeper insights.

 

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“This excellent book presents several papers discussing the question of arrow of time from physics and philosophical point of view. If you are a philosopher or physicist I strongly recommend this book for you. … all papers are very accessible and captivate the reader’s attention at first look. So I promise you that you will get passionate about questions of time when you check this book. It is a really a masterpiece!” (Philosophy, Religion and Science Book Reviews, bookinspections.wordpress.com, December, 2013)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Mersini-Houghton, Laura (et al.)

    Pages 1-3

  • Time After Time — Big Bang Cosmology and the Arrows of Time

    Vaas, Rüdiger

    Pages 5-42

  • Fundamental Loss of Quantum Coherence from Quantum Gravity

    Gambini, Rodolfo (et al.)

    Pages 43-52

  • The Clock Ambiguity: Implications and New Developments

    Albrecht, Andreas (et al.)

    Pages 53-68

  • Holographic Cosmology and the Arrow of Time

    Banks, Tom

    Pages 69-108

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Arrows of Time
Book Subtitle
A Debate in Cosmology
Editors
  • Laura Mersini-Houghton
  • Rüdiger Vaas
Series Title
Fundamental Theories of Physics
Series Volume
172
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-23259-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-23259-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-23258-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-43516-4
Series ISSN
0168-1222
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 222
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