Labyrinth of Time Introducing the Universe

ISBN-10: 0199217262
ISBN-13: 9780199217267
Edition: 2007
Authors: Michael Lockwood
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Description: 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. Michael Lockwood takes the reader on a fascinating journey into the nature of things.  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/23/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

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. Michael Lockwood takes the reader on a fascinating journey into the nature of things. He investigates philosophical questions about past, present, and future, our experience of time, and the possibility of time travel. And he provides the most careful, lively, and up-to-date introduction to the physics of time and the structure of the universe. 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 behaviour 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.

Two Concepts of Time
Time and Space: A Marriage is Arranged
Taking Space-Time Seriously
From Flat to Curved Space-Time
Weaving the Cosmic Tapestry
Closed Timelike Curves: Science Fact or Science Fiction?
Classical Time Travel: The Toils of Paradox
Hamilton's Legacy: Physical Systems and their State Spaces
Time Asymmetry and the Second Law
Entropy, Electrodynamics, and the Role of Gravity
'Drawn through Life Backwards'
The Unyielding Past
The Emergence of Order
From Quantum Jumps to Schrodinger's Cat
Schrodinger's Time-Traveller
Space, Time, and Quantum Gravity: Physics at the Frontier
The Time of our Lives
References
Index

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