The Physics of Time Asymmetry

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University of California Press, 1974 - Space and time - 214 pages
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Davies dissolves, in an extremely lucid manner, the seeming paradox of macroscopic time asymmetry arising from fundamental laws of physics which are microscopically reversible. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Preliminary Concepts of Time
10
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
29
The Reversibility Objections
56
Thermodynamics and Cosmology
80
Electromagnetic Waves
112
Time Asymmetry in Quantum Mechanics
154
Worlds without End?
185
Index
203
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Paul Davies is an internationally acclaimed physicist, writer and broadcaster. He received degrees in physics from University College, London. He was Professor of Natural Philosophy in the Australian Centre for Astrobiology at Macquarie University, Sydney and has held previous academic appointments at the Universities of Cambridge, London, Newcastle upon Tyne and Adelaide. Most of his research has been in the area of quantum field theory in curved spacetime. Davies has also has written many books for the general reader in the fascinating fields of cosmology and physics. He is the author of over twenty-five books, including The Mind of God, Other Worlds, God and the New Physics, The Edge of Infinity, The Cosmic Blueprint, Are We Alone?, The Fifth Miracle, The Last Three Minutes, About Time, and How to Build a Time Machine. His awards include an Advance Australia Award for outstanding contributions to science, two Eureka Prizes, the 2001 Kelvin Medal and Prize by the Institute of Physics, and the 2002 Faraday Prize by The Royal Society for Progress in religion. He also received the Templeton Prize for his contributions to the deeper implications of science. In April 1999 the asteroid 1992 OG was officially named (6870) Pauldavies in his honour.

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