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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Fraser, J. T. (Julius Thomas), 1923-
Genesis and evolution of time.
Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, 1982
|Material Type:||Government publication, State or province government publication|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
J T Fraser
|Description:||205 p. ; 23 cm.|
|Contents:||1. The measurement of time: Keeping time ; The search for order --
2. The principle of temporal levels: The moving boundaries of reality ; The stable integrative levels of nature ; The canonical forms of time ; "Notwithstanding any contrary hypotheses that may be imagined" ; "By which the may either be made more accurate of liable to exceptions --
3. Special relativity theory : kinematics and dynamics ties to atemporal motion: From absolute rest to absolute motion ; The Lorentz transformations ; Time and the minkowski diagram ; The atemporal boundaries of the special relativistic world ; Certain consequences of nowlessness ; About absent arrowheads --
4. Quantum theory : the rules of the prototemporal world: Duality, indeterminism, and complementarity ; Probabilistic law and quantization ; Experiments and thought experiments ; Across the boundaries of the prototemporal world ; The completeness and reality of the prototemporal world --
5. Thermodynamics : two opposing arrows of time: The thermodynamic arrow ; The concept of entropy and its many forms ; The three laws of thermodynamics ; reversibility and irreversibility ; Colsed and open cases --
6. General relativity theory : the natural history of the eotemporal world: The two theories of relativity ; The astral geometry of Gauss ; The astral geometry of Einstein ; Cosmic time ; A glance at unified fields ; Two cosmic arrows --
7. Biogenesis and organic evolution : the breaking of the eotemporal symmetry: From simultaneities of chance to simultaneities of need ; Complexity ; The usefulness of number ; From simultaneities of need to expectations and memories ; Distances and times ; Mesoforms and laws of nature --
8. Unity and multiplicity in physics: The conservative tradition in the study of time in physics ; The evolutionary synthesis of the sciences.