The March of Time

Evolving Conceptions of Time in the Light of Scientific Discoveries

  • Friedel Weinert

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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  3. Friedel Weinert
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 261-284

About this book


The aim of this interdisciplinary study is to reconstruct the evolution of our changing conceptions of time in the light of scientific discoveries. It will adopt a new perspective and organize the material around three central themes, which run through our history of time reckoning: cosmology and regularity; stasis and flux; symmetry and asymmetry. It is the physical criteria that humans choose – relativistic effects and time-symmetric equations or dynamic-kinematic effects and asymmetric conditions – that establish our views on the nature of time. This book will defend a dynamic rather than a static view of time.


Direction of time Entropy and statistical physics Measurement of Time Philosophy of time Physics of time Quantum Mechanics Relativity The cosmological arrow The thermodynamic arrow

Authors and affiliations

  • Friedel Weinert
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  1. 1.Dept. of Social Sciences and HumanitiesUniversity of BradfordBradfordUnited Kingdom

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