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Reversing the Arrow of Time

Roberts, Bryan W. (2022) Reversing the Arrow of Time. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 978-1-009-12332-7

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Abstract

The arrow of time refers to the curious asymmetry that distinguishes the future from the past. Reversing the Arrow of Time argues that there is an intimate link between the symmetries of 'time itself' and time reversal symmetry in physical theories, which has wide-ranging implications for both physics and its philosophy. This link helps to clarify how we can learn about the symmetries of our world; how to understand the relationship between symmetries and what is real, and how to overcome pervasive illusions about the direction of time. Roberts explains the significance of time reversal in a way that intertwines physics and philosophy, to establish what the arrow of time means and how we can come to know it. This book is both mathematically and philosophically rigorous yet remains accessible to advanced undergraduates in physics and philosophy of physics.


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Roberts, Bryan W.b.w.roberts@lse.ac.uk0000-0003-0548-1280
Keywords: time, arrow of time, philosophy of physics, symmetry
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
General Issues > Laws of Nature
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Depositing User: Dr. Bryan W. Roberts
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2022 03:33
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2022 03:33
Item ID: 21477
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Official URL: https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/reversing-the...
DOI or Unique Handle: doi.org/10.1017/9781009122139
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
General Issues > Laws of Nature
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Date: 24 November 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21477

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