International Journal of Theoretical Physics

, Volume 28, Issue 9, pp 1051–1066 | Cite as

Cosmological dissipative structure

  • P. C. W. Davies


The concept of black hole entropy is generalized to cosmological event horizons. An analogue of the Bekenstein-Hawking generalized second law of thermodynamics is suggested. This law is illustrated by considering entropy changes in various black hole de Sitter spacetimes, and also with the help of a viscous-driven de Sitter universe model, which provides a cosmological version of a far-fromequilibrium dissipative structure. The law apparently fails for some recontractinguniverse models. This indicates that a contribution to the gravitational entropy has been omitted. A possible remedy involving algorithmic complexity theory is suggested. I propose the use of a cosmic “entropy censorship” hypothesis as a filter for acceptable field theories.


Entropy Black Hole Field Theory Elementary Particle Quantum Field Theory 
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  • P. C. W. Davies
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of Newcastle upon TyneUK

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