Timeless reality: symmetry, simplicity, and multiple universes

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Prometheus Books, Nov 1, 2000 - Philosophy - 396 pages
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Quantum physics has many extraordinary implications. One of the most extraordinary is that events at the atomic and subatomic level seem to depend on the future as well as the past. Is time really reversible?

Physicist Victor J. Stenger says yes. Contrary to our most basic assumptions about the inevitable flow of time from past to future, the underlying reality of all phenomena may have no beginning and no end, and not be governed by an "arrow of time". Though aware of the possibility, physicists have generally been reluctant to accept the reversibility of time because of the implied causal paradoxes: If time travel to the past were possible, then you could go back and kill your grandfather before he met your grandmother! However, Stenger shows that this paradox does not apply for quantum phenomena.

Stenger argues that based on established principles of symmetry and simplicity, at its deepest level reality is literally timeless. Within this reality, it is possible that many universes can exist with different structures and laws from our own.

Stenger elucidates these complex subjects with great clarity and many helpful illustrations in a fascinating book.

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User Review  - fpagan - LibraryThing

A rather demanding, but absorbing, fresh look at physics -- classical mechanics, relativity, quantum mechanics, particle physics, cosmology, connections with philosophy. Favors particle models over ... Read full review

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User Review  - John Grange - Goodreads

While I enjoyed the read in it's totality, and the subject matter was edifying and endlessly fascinating, too many chapters meandered into the overly esoteric. Some of it by necessity in a book of this nature, however too much, in my opinion, was unnecessary and took away from the experience. Read full review

Contents

Preface
7
Atoms and Forms
21
The Whole is Equal to the Sum of Its Particles
43
Copyright

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Stenger is professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Hawaii.

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