In this book physical chemist Dr Peter Coveney and award-winning science journalist Dr Roger Highfield have questioned our understanding of science with their humorous reinterpretation of the most profound aspect of time - why it points from the past to the future. The author's challenge to scientific preconceptions about the irreversibility of time is designed to link apparently irreconcilable features of science, from Einstein's obsession with causality to chaos theory, from the cause of jet lag to the Monday morning feeling.
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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 The Arrow of Time, a major bestseller in England, Dr. Peter Coveney, a research scientist, and award-winning journalist Dr. Roger Highfield, demonstrate that the commonsense 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 James Gleick's Chaos.From the Back Cover:
"A whirlwind tour of relativity, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, chaos and more...The book proves to even the scientifically ignorant that science itself can be a labor of love."
The Boston Globe
"[An] extraordinary book...A work of theoretical synthesis, imaginatively written for an intelligent lay audience, that comes to a brain-wrenching conclusion."
The Washington Post Book World
"Straightforward...Scholarly...Intellectually rich...The book manages to capture the excitement and puzzlement of time."
San Francisco Chronicle
"This is an important book....I heartily commend this volume."
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
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Book Description Flamingo, 1991. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0006544622
Book Description Flamingo. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0006544622 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0001398