Get 40% off select print & eBooks in Engineering & Materials or 50% off eBooks in Medicine & Psychology!

Fundamental Theories of Physics

Time: Towards a Consistent Theory

Authors: Raju, C.K.

Free Preview

Buy this book

eBook $169.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-015-8376-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $199.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-0-7923-3103-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $219.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-90-481-4462-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
About this book

Is time, even locally, like the real line? Multiple structures of time, implicit in physics, create a consistency problem. A tilt in the arrow of time is suggested as the most conservative hypothesis which provides approximate consistency within physics and with topology of mundane time.
Mathematically, the assumed constancy of the velocity of light (needed to measure time) implies functional differential equations of motion, that have both retarded and advanced deviating arguments with the hypothesis of a tilt. The novel features of such equations lead to a nontrivial structure of time and quantum-mechanical behaviour. The entire argument is embedded in a pedagogical exposition which amplifies, corrects, and questions the conventionally accepted approach. The exposition includes historical details and explains, for instance, why the entropy law is inadequate for time asymmetry, and why notions such as time asymmetry (hence causality) may be conceptually inadequate.
The first three parts of the book are especially suited as supplementary reading material for undergraduate and graduate students and teachers of physics. The new ideas are addressed to researchers in physics and philosophy of science concerned with relativity and the interpretation of quantum mechanics.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $169.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-015-8376-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $199.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-0-7923-3103-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $219.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-90-481-4462-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Loading...

Recommended for you

Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Time: Towards a Consistent Theory
Authors
Series Title
Fundamental Theories of Physics
Series Volume
65
Copyright
1994
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-015-8376-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-015-8376-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-3103-2
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-4462-4
Series ISSN
0168-1222
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 260
Topics