End of Time The Next Revolution in Physics

ISBN-10: 0195145925
ISBN-13: 9780195145922
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/29/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Richard Feynman once quipped that "Time is what happens when nothing else does." But Julian Barbour disagrees: if nothing happened, if nothing changed, then time would stop. For time is nothing but change. It is change that we perceive occurring all around us, not time. Put simply, time does not exist. In this highly provocative volume, Barbour presents the basic evidence for a timeless universe, and shows why we still experience the world as intensely temporal. It is a book that strikes at the heart of modern physics. It casts doubt on Einstein's greatest contribution, the spacetime continuum, but also points to the solution of one of the great paradoxes of modern science, the chasm between classical and quantum physics. Indeed, Barbour argues that the holy grail of physicists--the unification of Einstein's general relativity with quantum mechanics--may well spell the end of time. Barbour writes with remarkable clarity as he ranges from the ancient philosophers Heraclitus and Parmenides, through the giants of science Galileo, Newton, and Einstein, to the work of the contemporary physicists John Wheeler, Roger Penrose, and Steven Hawking. Along the way he treats us to enticing glimpses of some of the mysteries of the universe, and presents intriguing ideas about multiple worlds, time travel, immortality, and, above all, the illusion of motion. The End of Time is a vibrantly written and revolutionary book. It turns our understanding of reality inside-out.

The Story in a Nutshell
Preface
Acknowledgements
The Big Picture in Simple Terms
The Main Puzzles
Time Capsules
A Timeless World
The Invisible Framework and the Ultimate Arena
Alternative Frameworks
Newton's Evidence
The Two Great Clocks in the Sky
Paths in Platonia
The Deep Structure of General Relativity
The Bolt from the Blue
Minkowski the Magician
The Discovery of General Relativity
General Relativity: The Timeless Picture
Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Cosmology
The Discovery of Quantum Mechanics
The Lesser Mysteries
The Greater Mysteries
The Rules of Creation
'That Damned Equation'
History in the Timeless Universe
The Philosophy of Timelessness
Static Dynamics and Time Capsules
Latent Histories and Wave Packets
The Creation of Records
The Many-Instants Interpretation
The Emergence of Time and its Arrow
Epilogue: Life Without Time
Notes
Further Reading
Bibliography
Index

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