The Labyrinth of Time: Introducing the Universe / Edition 1

The Labyrinth of Time: Introducing the Universe / Edition 1

by Michael Lockwood
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199217262

ISBN-13: 9780199217267

Pub. Date: 08/03/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Modern physics has revealed a universe that is a much stranger place than we could have imagined, filled with black holes and dark matter and parallel lines meeting in space. And the puzzle at the center of our present understanding of the universe is time.
Now, in The Labyrinth of Time, Michael Lockwood takes the reader on a fascinating journey into the nature

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Modern physics has revealed a universe that is a much stranger place than we could have imagined, filled with black holes and dark matter and parallel lines meeting in space. And the puzzle at the center of our present understanding of the universe is time.
Now, in The Labyrinth of Time, Michael Lockwood takes the reader on a fascinating journey into the nature of things. A brilliant writer, Lockwood illuminates the philosophical questions about past, present, and future, our experience of time, and the possibility of time travel, in a book that is both challenging and great fun. Indeed, he provides the most careful, lively, and up-to-date introduction to the physics of time and the structure of the universe to be found anywhere in print. He guides us step by step through relativity theory and quantum physics, introducing and explaining the ground-breaking ideas of Newton and Boltzmann, Einstein and Schroedinger, Penrose and Hawking. We zoom in on the behavior of molecules and atoms, and pull back to survey the expansion of the universe. We learn about entropy and gravity, black holes and wormholes, about how it all began and where we are all headed.
Lockwood's aim is not just to boggle the mind but to lead us towards an understanding of the science and philosophy. Things will never seem the same again after a voyage through The Labyrinth of Time.

A model of balance and clarity.
—Paul Davies, Times Higher Education Supplement

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199217267
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/03/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
1,386,121
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1. Two Concepts of Time
2. Time and Space: a Marriage is Arranged
3. Taking Space-Time Seriously
4. From Flat to Curved Space-Time
5. Weaving the Cosmic Tapestry
6. Closed Timelike Curves: Science Fact or Science Fiction?
7. Classical Time Travel: the Toils of Paradox
8. Hamilton's Legacy: Physical Systems and their State Spaces
9. Time Asymmetry and the Second Law
10. Entropy, Electrodynamics and the Role of Gravity
11. 'Drawn Through Life Backwards'
12. The Unyielding Past
13. The Emergence of Order
14. From Quantum Leaps to Schrodinger's Cat
15. Schrodinger's Time Traveler
16. Space, Time, and Quantum Gravity: Physics at the Frontier
17. The Time of Our Lives
18. Epilogue

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