The Physical Basis of The Direction of Time / Edition 5

The Physical Basis of The Direction of Time / Edition 5

by H. Dieter Zeh
     
 

This thoroughly revised 5th edition of Zeh's classic text investigates irreversible phenomena and their foundation in classical, quantum and cosmological settings. It includes new sections on the meaning of probabilities in a cosmological context, irreversible aspects of quantum computers, and various consequences of the expansion of the Universe. Many other

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This thoroughly revised 5th edition of Zeh's classic text investigates irreversible phenomena and their foundation in classical, quantum and cosmological settings. It includes new sections on the meaning of probabilities in a cosmological context, irreversible aspects of quantum computers, and various consequences of the expansion of the Universe. Many other sections have been rewritten. In particular, the book contains an analysis of the physical concept of time, a detailed treatment of radiation damping as well as extended sections on quantum entanglement and decoherence, arrows of time hidden in various interpretations of quantum theory, and the emergence of time in quantum gravity. Both physicists and philosophers of science will find in this book a magnificent survey and a concise, technically sophisticated, up-to-date discussion which shows fine sensitivity to crucial conceptual subtleties.

"The discussion is lucid and intuitive without glossing over the important details."

Max Tegmark, MIT

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783642087608
Publisher:
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date:
11/24/2010
Series:
Frontiers Collection Series
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of hardcover 5th ed. 2007
Pages:
233
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

The Physical Concept of Time.- The Time Arrow of Radiation.- The Thermodynamical Arrow of Time.- The Quantum Mechanical Arrow of Time.- The Time Arrow of Spacetime Geometry.- The Time Arrow in Quantum Cosmology.- Appendix: A Simple Numerical Toy Model.- Epilogue.- References.- Subject Index.

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