The Arrow Of Time

Author: Roger Highfield
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780753551790
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In our century, the subject of time has become an area of serious inquiry for science. Theories that contain time as a simple quantity form the basis of our understanding of many scientific disciplines, yet the debate rages on: why does there seem to be a direction to time, an arrow of time pointing from past to future? In this authoritative and accessible Sunday Times bestseller, physical chemist Dr Peter Coveney and award-winning science journalist Dr Roger Highfield demonstrate that the common sense view of time agrees with the most advanced scientific theory. Time does in fact move like an arrow, shooting forward into what is genuinely unknown, leaving the past immutably behind. The authors make their case by exploring three centuries of science, offering bold reinterpretations of Newton’s mechanics, Einstein’s special and general theories of relativity, quantum mechanics, and advancing the insights of chaos theory. In their voyage through science the authors link apparently irreconcilable subjects, from Einstein’s obsession with causality to chaos theory, from Marvell’s winged chariot to that Monday morning feeling. Finally, drawing together the various interpretations of time, they describe a novel way to give it a sense of direction. And they call for a new fundamental theory to take account of the Arrow of Time. Foreword by Ilya Prigogine, Nobel laureate.

Beautiful Chaos

Author: Gordon E. Slethaug
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791491737
Size: 14.89 MB
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Explores the way chaos theory is incorporated in the work of such writers as Toni Morrison, Thomas Pynchon, John Barth, Don DeLillo, and Michael Crichton.

Exploring Chaos

Author: Nina Hall
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393312267
Size: 19.21 MB
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Chaos theory is giving scientists fresh insights into all sorts of unruly phenomena-from dripping faucets to swinging pendulums, from the vagaries of the weather to the movements of the planets, from heart rhythms to gold futures. In this collection of front-line reports, edited for the general reader, internationally recognized experts such as Ian Stewart, Robert M. May, and Benoit Mandelbrot draw on the latest research to trace the roots of chaos in modern science and mathematics.

Chaos And Complexity

Author: Michael R. Butz
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1560324198
Size: 14.11 MB
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The nature of this book is to emphasize the inherent complexity and richness of the human experience of change. Now, the author believes there to be an acceptable "scientific" explanation for this phenomona. Explored here are 30 years of studies to describe nonlinear dynamics, today termed either chaos theory or complexity theory. The connotations of both theories are discussed at length. Offering social scientists validation in their attempts to describe and define phenomona of a previously ineffable nature, this book explores chaos' implications for psychology and the social sciences. It describes the benefits psychology can glean from using ideas in chaos theory and applying them to psychology in general, individual psycho-therapy, couples therapy, and community psychology, and also considers possible directions for research and application.

Physical Origins Of Time Asymmetry

Author: J. J. Halliwell
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521568374
Size: 17.34 MB
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We say that the processes going on in the world about us are asymmetric in time or display an arrow of time. Yet this manifest fact of our experience is particularly difficult to explain in terms of the fundamental laws of physics. This volume reconciles these profoundly conflicting facts.

The Arrow Of Gold

Author: Joseph Conrad
ISBN: 9781427043160
Size: 17.67 MB
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The Arrow of Gold is based on one of the most fascinating periods of Conrad's life. Reflective of his maturity as a writer, this novel is brimming with exciting adventures as a young sailor is embroiled into a dangerous scheme involving gun-smuggling. Realistic characterization and vivid descriptions further heighten the allure of this thrilling tale. Exhilarating!