The March of Time

Evolving Conceptions of Time in the Light of Scientific Discoveries

Authors: Weinert, Friedel

  • 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
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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.

About the authors

Friedel Weinert is professor of philosophy at Bradford University. He is the author of The Scientist as Philosopher (Springer 2004); Copernicus, Darwin and Freud (Blackwell 2008); the editor of Laws of Nature (de Gruyter 1995) and co-editor of Compendium of Quantum Physics (Springer 2009) and Evolution 2.0 (Springer 2012).

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“This book is a historical and scientific argument against the popular view held among physicists that time is not real. Weinert (Univ. of Bradford, UK) considers the arguments based on cosmology, stasis, and symmetry, and does an excellent job of showing that the conclusion of the existence of an atemporal world is not decisive. … Anyone interested in the philosophy or physics of time would enjoy March of Time. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above; informed general readers.” (E. Kincanon, Choice, Vol. 51 (2), October, 2013)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The March of Time
Book Subtitle
Evolving Conceptions of Time in the Light of Scientific Discoveries
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-35347-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-35347-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-35346-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 284
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