The Physical Basis of The Direction of Time

  • H.-Dieter Zeh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 169-188

About this book


The asymmetry of natural phenomena under time reversal is striking. Here Zehinvestigates the most important classes of physical phenomena that characterize the arrow of time, discussing their interrelations as well as striving to uncover a cosmological common root of the phenomena, such as the time-independent wave function of the universe. The description of irreversible phenomena is shown to be fundamentally "observer-related". Both physicists and philosophers of science who reviewed the first edition considered this book a magnificent survey, a concise, technically sophisticated, up-to-date discussion of the subject, showing fine sensivity to some of the crucial philosophicalsubtleties. This new and expanded edition will be welcomed by both students and specialists.


Zeitbegriff arrow of time cosmology natural phenomena physical notion of time physikalische Zeitpfeil science symmetry universe wave

Authors and affiliations

  • H.-Dieter Zeh
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  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität HeidelbergHeidelbergFed. Rep. of Germany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-54884-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-02759-2
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