The Resource Time's arrow & Archimedes' point : new directions for the physics of time, Huw Price

Time's arrow & Archimedes' point : new directions for the physics of time, Huw Price

Label
Time's arrow & Archimedes' point : new directions for the physics of time
Title
Time's arrow & Archimedes' point
Title remainder
new directions for the physics of time
Statement of responsibility
Huw Price
Title variation
Time's arrow and Archimedes' point
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Why is the future so different from the past? Why does the past affect the future and not the other way around? What does quantum mechanics really tell us about the world? In this important and accessible book, Huw Price throws fascinating new light on some of the great mysteries of modern physics, and connects them in a wholly original way." "Price begins with the mystery of the arrow of time. Why, for example, does disorder always increase, as required by the second law of thermodynamics? Price shows that, for over a century, most physicists have thought about these problems the wrong way. Misled by the human perspective from within time, which distorts and exaggerates the differences between past and future, they have fallen victim to what Price calls the "double standard fallacy": proposed explanations of the difference between the past and the future turn out to rely on a difference which has been slipped in at the beginning, when the physicists themselves treat the past and future in different ways. To avoid this fallacy, Price argues, we need to overcome our natural tendency to think about the past and the future differently. We need to imagine a point outside time - an Archimedean "view from nowhen"--Which to observe time in an unbiased way."
  • "Price then turns to the greatest mystery of modern physics, the meaning of quantum theory. He argues that in missing the Archimedean viewpoint, modern physics has missed a radical and attractive solution to many of the apparent paradoxes of quantum physics. Many consequences of quantum theory appear counter-intuitive, such as Schrodinger's Cat, whose condition seems undetermined until observed, and Bell's Theorem, which suggests a spooky "nonlocality," where events happening simultaneously in different places seem to affect each other directly. Price shows that these paradoxes can be avoided by allowing that at the quantum level the future does, indeed, affect the past. This demystifies nonlocality, and supports Einstein's unpopular intuition that quantum theory describes an objective world, existing independently of human observers: the Cat is alive or dead, even when nobody looks. So interpreted, Price argues, quantum mechanics is simply the kind of theory we ought to have expected in microphysics - from the symmetric standpoint."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1953-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Price, Huw
Index
index present
LC call number
BD638
LC item number
.P73 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Time
  • Physics
  • Physics
  • Time
  • Tijd
  • Temps
  • Physique
  • Zeit
  • Physik
  • Zeitrichtung
  • Philosophie
  • Einführung
Label
Time's arrow & Archimedes' point : new directions for the physics of time, Huw Price
Link
https://archive.org/details/timesarrowarchim00pric
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
View from nowhen -- More apt to be lost than got : the lessons of the second law -- New light on the arrow of radiation -- Arrows and errors in contemporary cosmology -- Innocence and symmetry in microphysics -- In search of the third arrow -- Convention objectified and the past unlocked -- Einstein's issue : the puzzle of contemporary quantum theory -- Case for advanced action -- Overview
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiii, 306 p.
Isbn
9780195117981
Lccn
95025508
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)33209346
  • (OCoLC)ocm33209346
Label
Time's arrow & Archimedes' point : new directions for the physics of time, Huw Price
Link
https://archive.org/details/timesarrowarchim00pric
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
View from nowhen -- More apt to be lost than got : the lessons of the second law -- New light on the arrow of radiation -- Arrows and errors in contemporary cosmology -- Innocence and symmetry in microphysics -- In search of the third arrow -- Convention objectified and the past unlocked -- Einstein's issue : the puzzle of contemporary quantum theory -- Case for advanced action -- Overview
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiii, 306 p.
Isbn
9780195117981
Lccn
95025508
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)33209346
  • (OCoLC)ocm33209346

Library Locations

  • African Studies LibraryBorrow it
    771 Commonwealth Avenue, 6th Floor, Boston, MA, 02215, US
    42.350723 -71.108227
  • Alumni Medical LibraryBorrow it
    72 East Concord Street, Boston, MA, 02118, US
    42.336388 -71.072393
  • Astronomy LibraryBorrow it
    725 Commonwealth Avenue, 6th Floor, Boston, MA, 02445, US
    42.350259 -71.105717
  • Fineman and Pappas Law LibrariesBorrow it
    765 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215, US
    42.350979 -71.107023
  • Frederick S. Pardee Management LibraryBorrow it
    595 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215, US
    42.349626 -71.099547
  • Howard Gotlieb Archival Research CenterBorrow it
    771 Commonwealth Avenue, 5th Floor, Boston, MA, 02215, US
    42.350723 -71.108227
  • Mugar Memorial LibraryBorrow it
    771 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215, US
    42.350723 -71.108227
  • Music LibraryBorrow it
    771 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA, 02215, US
    42.350723 -71.108227
  • Pikering Educational Resources LibraryBorrow it
    2 Silber Way, Boston, MA, 02215, US
    42.349804 -71.101425
  • School of Theology LibraryBorrow it
    745 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA, 02215, US
    42.350494 -71.107235
  • Science & Engineering LibraryBorrow it
    38 Cummington Mall, Boston, MA, 02215, US
    42.348472 -71.102257
  • Stone Science LibraryBorrow it
    675 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, 02445, US
    42.350103 -71.103784
Processing Feedback ...