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The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science

The Nature of Irreversibility

A Study of Its Dynamics and Physical Origins

Authors: Hollinger, H.B., Zenzen, M.

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A dominant feature of our ordinary experience of the world is a sense of irreversible change: things lose form, people grow old, energy dissipates. On the other hand, a major conceptual scheme we use to describe the natural world, molecular dynamics, has reversibility at its core. The need to harmonize conceptual schemes and experience leads to several questions, one of which is the focus of this book. How does irreversibility at the macroscopic level emerge from the reversibility that prevails at the molecular level? Attempts to explain the emergence have emphasized probability, and assigned different probabilities to the forward and reversed directions of processes so that one direction is far more probable than the other. The conclu­ sion is promising, but the reasons for it have been obscure. In many cases the aim has been to find an explana­ tion in the nature of probability itself. Reactions to that have been divided: some think the aim is justified while others think it is absurd.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Nature of Irreversibility
Book Subtitle
A Study of Its Dynamics and Physical Origins
Authors
Series Title
The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science
Series Volume
28
Copyright
1985
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland
eBook ISBN
978-94-009-5430-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-009-5430-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-277-2080-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-8897-8
Series ISSN
1566-659X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 340
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