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The Physical Basis of The Direction of Time

Author: H -Dieter Zeh
Publisher: Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 1992.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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The asymmetry of natural phenomena under time reversal is striking. Here Zehinvestigates the most important classes of physical phenomena that characterize the arrow of time, discussing their interrelations as well as striving to uncover a cosmological common root of the phenomena, such as the time-independent wave function of the universe. The description of irreversible phenomena is shown to be fundamentally  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: H -Dieter Zeh
ISBN: 9783662027592 3662027593
OCLC Number: 851374044
Description: 1 online resource (x, 188 pages)
Contents: 1. The Physical Concept of Time --
2. The Time Arrow of Radiation --
3. The Thermodynamical Arrow of Time --
4. The Quantum Mechanical Arrow of Time --
5. The Time Arrow of Spacetime Structure and Cosmology --
6. The Quantization of Time --
Epilogue --
References.
Responsibility: by H.-Dieter Zeh.

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The asymmetry of natural phenomena under time reversal is striking. Here Zehinvestigates the most important classes of physical phenomena that characterize the arrow of time, discussing their interrelations as well as striving to uncover a cosmological common root of the phenomena, such as the time-independent wave function of the universe. The description of irreversible phenomena is shown to be fundamentally "observer-related". Both physicists and philosophers of science who reviewed the first edition considered this book a magnificent survey, a concise, technically sophisticated, up-to-date discussion of the subject, showing fine sensivity to some of the crucial philosophicalsubtleties. This new and expanded edition will be welcomed by both students and specialists.

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