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Time and Chance
Time and Chance

Time and Chance

by David Z Albert

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Language

English

Publisher

Scientia

ISBN

8188155012 - Year: 2002 - Pages: 172

Binding

Paperback

David Z Albert
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Author: David Z Albert
Publisher: Scientia
Year: 2002
Language: English
Pages: 172
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8188155012

Description

The book aims to be both an original contribution to the present scientific and philosophical understanding of these matters at the most advanced level, and something in the nature of an elementary textbook on the subject.

This book is an attempt to get to the bottom of an acute and perennial tension between our best scientific pictures of the fundamental physical structure of the world and our everyday empirical experience of it. The trouble is about the direction of time. The situation (very briefly) is that it is a consequence of almost every one of those fundamental scientific pictures-and that it is at the same time radically at odds with our common sense-that whatever can happen can just as naturally happen backward.

Albert provides an unprecedentedly clear, lively, and systematic new account-in the context of a Newtonian-mechanical picture of the world-of the ultimate origins of the statistical regularities we see around us, of the temporal irreversibility of the second law of thermodynamics access to the past and the future, and of our conviction that by acting now we can affect the future but not the past.

Then, in the final section of the book, he generalizes the Newtonian picture to the quantum-mechanical case and (most interestingly) suggests a very deep potential connection between the problem of the direction of time and the quantum-mechanical measurement problem.

Contents

Preface

1. Time-Reversal Invariance

2. Thermodynamics

3. Statistical Mechanics

4. The Reversibility Objections and the past-Hypothesis

5. The Scope of Thermodynamics

6. The Asymmetries of Knowledge and Intervention

7. Quantum Mechanic

Appendix : Gedankenexperiments with Heat Engines
Index

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