Time: Its Structure and Role in Physical Theories
This book on the structure and role of time in physical theories addresses itself to scientists and philosophers intereste:'i in the 'no man's lard' between science and philosophy, in particular between physics and philoso phy. The p:lint of departure is physical time, Le. time as usErl 1:¥ physicists in their theories; but the analysis is not oonfined to a purely physical level but caries the problem into the domain of philosophical in quiry. Altoough the book presupp:lses some knowledge of physics, I have avoided, wherever p:lssible, the use of advanced mathematics and technical details. Of all the people woo have been of help in writing this book, I w:>uld first of all like to mention Paul Scheurer and Guy Debrock who were my primary mentors in science and philosophy. This sttrly is a revision of my dissertation [Kroes 1982a] which I wrote under the stimulating guidance of Scheurer; many of the ideas ex posed here have their origin in his w:>rk and were developErl in frequent discussions with him. Guy Debrock not only stimulated my interest in philosophy but also made valuable suggestions. Witoout any overstatement, I dare say that without their assistence, this book w:>uld never have been written. Furthernore, I w:>uld like to thank D. Dieks, J.J.C.
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Physical time and the problem of its structure
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absolute space asym asymmetric behaviour becoming boundary conditions branch systems classical mechanics clocks corresponding cosmic time function defined description of motion description of physical determined discrete dynamical systems Earman equilibrium evolution fact flow foliation fundamental future orientation given Grunbaum H-theorem homeomorphic implies invariant laws irreversible behaviour irreversible processes law of phenomenological laws of physics macroscopic mechanical program metric Minkowski spacetime Newtonian mechanics Newtonian spacetime number of dimensions observer occur order relation parameter and coordinate parametrised curve particle past and future phase space phenomenological thermodynamics physical reality physicists point of view possible Prigogine principle problem quantum mechanics regard Reichenbach rela relativistic relativity theory reversal invariant role second law simultaneous spacetime formalism spacetime manifold statistical mechanical structure of physical Stueckelberg temporally orientable theorem theory of relativity thermodynamic time asymmetry thermodynamical program time-atoms tion topological total temporal order trajectory ture twin twin paradox universe universe-tree weak interaction whereas worldlines