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Genre: Arrow of Time

Time and Chance (2000)

Time and Chance (2000)

In the typical style of Albert, this book provides an unprecedentedly clear account of the problem of time's arrow in science. From the Newtonian-Mechanical picture of the world, via the Second Law of Thermodynamics, to the measurement problem of quantum mechanics, this is an excellent introduction to the subject. More info →
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Introducing Time: A Graphic Guide (2001)

Introducing Time: A Graphic Guide (2001)

A fun and beautifully illustrated little book, tracing the history of time from Augustine's suggestion that there is no time, to the flowing time of Newton, the conventional time of Poincaré, the static time of Einstein, and then back, full circle, to the idea that there is no time in quantum gravity. More info →
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The Labyrinth of Time: Introducing the Universe (2005)

The Labyrinth of Time: Introducing the Universe (2005)

An introductory, but very broad account of time's arrow, from Newton and Boltzmann, Einstein and Schrödinger, to Penrose and Hawking. Touches on entropy, gravity, black holes, wormholes, time travel, and much more. More info →
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The Physical Basis of the Direction of Time (2007)

The Physical Basis of the Direction of Time (2007)

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Genres: Advanced, Arrow of Time
A classic, technical account of time asymmetries in the foundations of classical mechanics, quantum theory and cosmology. More info →
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From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time (2010)

From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time (2010)

A popular scientific account of time's arrow, delving in the concept of entropy, quantum mechanics, time travel, information theory and the meaning of life. More info →
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Cycles of Time: An Extraordinary New View of the Universe (2012)

Cycles of Time: An Extraordinary New View of the Universe (2012)

A highly original book on time's arrow, focussing on three of cosmology’s essential questions: What came before the Big Bang? What is the source of order in our universe? And what cosmic future awaits us? More info →
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The Physics of Time Asymmetry (1976)

The Physics of Time Asymmetry (1976)

One of the first thorough accounts on the arrow of time, encompassing such diverse topics as a statistical and quantum mechanics, electromagnetic theory, elementary particles, and cosmology. More info →
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Asymmetries in Time: Problems in the Philosophy of Science (1992)

Asymmetries in Time: Problems in the Philosophy of Science (1992)

A philosophical account of time asymmetries in science, covering many notoriously difficult problems in the philosophy of science, such as causation, knowledge, entropy, explanation, time travel, rational choice (including Newcomb's problem), laws of nature, and counterfactual implication. More info →
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Time’s Arrow and Archimedes’ Point: New Directions for the Physics of Time (1996)

Time’s Arrow and Archimedes’ Point: New Directions for the Physics of Time (1996)

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Genres: Advanced, Arrow of Time
Interesting and important account of the problem of time's arrow, where Price argues that most physicists have thought about this problems the wrong way. Misled by the human perspective from within time, they have fallen victim to what Price calls the "double standard fallacy". The solution is to imagine a point outside time — the Archimedean "view from nowhen". More info →
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The End of Time: The Next Revolution in Physics (1999)

The End of Time: The Next Revolution in Physics (1999)

In this highly provocative volume, Barbour argues that time does not exist, only change. He continues by proposing a solution to the clash between Einstein's theories of special and general relativity and the formalism of quantum physics. More info →
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