Time's Arrow

Download or Read eBook Time's Arrow PDF written by Martin Amis and published by Penguin. This book was released on 1992 with total page 176 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Time's Arrow

Book Synopsis Time's Arrow by : Martin Amis

In this novel a man's life is portrayed backwards, from death to birth, as are some of the scenes - for example, sex begins with climax, moves through foreplay and exhausts itself on flirtation. The plot is about a doctor whose story begins with his death. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

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  • Publisher – Penguin
  • Total Pages – 176
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  • ISBN-10 – 014016779X
  • ISBN-13 – 9780140167795

Time’s Arrow, Time’s Cycle

Download or Read eBook Time’s Arrow, Time’s Cycle PDF written by Stephen Jay Gould and published by Harvard University Press. This book was released on 1988 with total page 242 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Time’s Arrow, Time’s Cycle

Book Synopsis Time’s Arrow, Time’s Cycle by : Stephen Jay Gould

Examines scientific theories pertaining to the measurement of earth's history.

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  • Publisher – Harvard University Press
  • Total Pages – 242
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  • ISBN-10 – 0674891996
  • ISBN-13 – 9780674891999

Time's Arrow and Archimedes' Point

Download or Read eBook Time's Arrow and Archimedes' Point PDF written by Huw Price and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 1997-12-04 with total page 321 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Time's Arrow and Archimedes' Point

Book Synopsis Time's Arrow and Archimedes' Point by : Huw Price

Why is the future so different from the past? Why does the past affect the future and not the other way around? What does quantum mechanics really tell us about the world? In this important and accessible book, Huw Price throws fascinating new light on some of the great mysteries of modern physics, and connects them in a wholly original way. Price begins with the mystery of the arrow of time. Why, for example, does disorder always increase, as required by the second law of thermodynamics? Price shows that, for over a century, most physicists have thought about these problems the wrong way. Misled by the human perspective from within time, which distorts and exaggerates the differences between past and future, they have fallen victim to what Price calls the "double standard fallacy": proposed explanations of the difference between the past and the future turn out to rely on a difference which has been slipped in at the beginning, when the physicists themselves treat the past and future in different ways. To avoid this fallacy, Price argues, we need to overcome our natural tendency to think about the past and the future differently. We need to imagine a point outside time -- an Archimedean "view from nowhen" -- from which to observe time in an unbiased way. Offering a lively criticism of many major modern physicists, including Richard Feynman and Stephen Hawking, Price shows that this fallacy remains common in physics today -- for example, when contemporary cosmologists theorize about the eventual fate of the universe. The "big bang" theory normally assumes that the beginning and end of the universe will be very different. But if we are to avoid the double standard fallacy, we need to consider time symmetrically, and take seriously the possibility that the arrow of time may reverse when the universe recollapses into a "big crunch." Price then turns to the greatest mystery of modern physics, the meaning of quantum theory. He argues that in missing the Archimedean viewpoint, modern physics has missed a radical and attractive solution to many of the apparent paradoxes of quantum physics. Many consequences of quantum theory appear counterintuitive, such as Schrodinger's Cat, whose condition seems undetermined until observed, and Bell's Theorem, which suggests a spooky "nonlocality," where events happening simultaneously in different places seem to affect each other directly. Price shows that these paradoxes can be avoided by allowing that at the quantum level the future does, indeed, affect the past. This demystifies nonlocality, and supports Einstein's unpopular intuition that quantum theory describes an objective world, existing independently of human observers: the Cat is alive or dead, even when nobody looks. So interpreted, Price argues, quantum mechanics is simply the kind of theory we ought to have expected in microphysics -- from the symmetric standpoint. Time's Arrow and Archimedes' Point presents an innovative and controversial view of time and contemporary physics. In this exciting book, Price urges physicists, philosophers, and anyone who has ever pondered the mysteries of time to look at the world from the fresh perspective of Archimedes' Point and gain a deeper understanding of ourselves, the universe around us, and our own place in time.

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  • Publisher – Oxford University Press
  • Total Pages – 321
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  • ISBN-10 – 9780198026136
  • ISBN-13 – 0198026137

Time's Arrow

Download or Read eBook Time's Arrow PDF written by Michael C. Mackey and published by Courier Corporation. This book was released on 2011-11-30 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Time's Arrow

Book Synopsis Time's Arrow by : Michael C. Mackey

Exploration of Second Law of Thermodynamics details fundamental dynamic properties behind the construction of statistical mechanics. Geared toward physicists and applied mathematicians; suitable for advanced undergraduate, graduate courses. 1992 edition.

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  • Publisher – Courier Corporation
  • Total Pages – 192
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  • ISBN-10 – 9780486152257
  • ISBN-13 – 0486152251

Time's Arrow and Evolution

Download or Read eBook Time's Arrow and Evolution PDF written by Harold Francis Blum and published by Princeton University Press. This book was released on 2015-12-08 with total page 251 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Time's Arrow and Evolution

Book Synopsis Time's Arrow and Evolution by : Harold Francis Blum

In a book that has become a milestone of scientific writing Dr. Blum uses "time's arrow," the second law of thermodynamics, as a key concept to show how the nature and evolution of the nonliving world place limits on the nature and evolution of life. He seeks to show that, from the beginning of the universe, physical and chemical laws have inexorably channeled the course of evolution so that possibilities were already limited when life first emerged. Originally published in 1951. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

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  • Publisher – Princeton University Press
  • Total Pages – 251
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  • ISBN-10 – 9781400874736
  • ISBN-13 – 1400874734