The Labyrinth of Time: Introducing the Universe / Edition 1

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Overview

Modern physics has revealed the universe as a much stranger place than we could have imagined. The puzzle at the centre of our knowledge of the universe is time. In this fascinating journey into the nature of things, Michael Lockwood investigates our deepest questions about past, present, and future, and our experience of time. 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 Schrodinger, Penrose and Hawking. He zooms in on the behaviour of molecules and atoms, and pulls back to survey the expansion of the universe. We learn about entropy and gravity the possibility of time travel, black holes and wormholes, about how it all began and where we are all headed. Things will never seem the same again after a voyage through The Labyrinth of Time.

About the Author:
Michael Lockwood is a Fellow of Green College, Oxford

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Editorial Reviews

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"Michael Lockwood's book The Labyrinth of Time: Introducing the Universe has just appeared. I highly recommend it. It's a wonderful overview of the physics and philosophy of time, crafted extremely carefully and engagingly (yet without compromising any content) for the lay reader, superbly produced and illustrated. Oh, and it's true." --Professor David Deutsch, author of The Fabric of Reality

"Lockwood takes the informed general reader through relativity theory and quantum physics on the large scale as well as the very small, reviewing theories of Newton, Boltzmann, Einstein, Penrose, Schrödinger and Hawking and the notions of flat and curved time-space, closed timelike curves, the paradoxes of time travel, time asymmetry and the Second Law, entropy, electrodynamics, the emergence of order, quantum jumps, quantum gravity, and the role of the human observer in all of it. Lockwood's illustrations are particularly clear and helpful and his references could serve as a model for like works."--SciTech Book News

"Lockwood...accomplishes here what may be lacking in other writings about the physics and philosophy of time...Lockwood is a gifted writer; the book is interesting, challenging and fun."--CHOICE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199217267
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/3/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 793,141
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Lockwood is a Fellow of Green College, at Oxford University, where he has taught philosophy for many years. His books include the highly acclaimed Mind, Brain, and the Quantum.

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Table of Contents

1 Two concepts of time 1
2 Time and space : a marriage is arranged 23
3 Taking space-time seriously 52
4 From flat to curved space-time 71
5 Weaving the cosmic tapestry 90
6 Closed timelike curves : science fact or science fiction? 124
7 Classical time travel : the toils of paradox 155
8 Hamilton's legacy : physical systems and their state spaces 178
9 Time asymmetry and the second law 187
10 Entropy, electrodynamics, and the role of gravity 221
11 'Drawn through life backwards' 233
12 The unyielding past 248
13 The emergence of order 257
14 From quantum jumps to Schrodinger's cat 282
15 Schrodinger's time-traveller 322
16 Space, time, and quantum gravity : physics at the frontier 331
17 The time of our lives 365
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