Physical Origins of Time Asymmetry

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J. J. Halliwell, J. Pérez-Mercader, W. H. Zurek
Cambridge University Press, 21 .. 1996 - 536 ˹
In the world about us, the past is distinctly different from the future. More precisely, 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. Newton's laws, quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, Einstein's theory of gravity, etc., make no distinction between past and future - they are time-symmetric. Reconciliation of these profoundly conflicting facts is the topic of this volume. It is an interdisciplinary survey of the variety of interconnected phenomena defining arrows of time, and their possible explanations in terms of underlying time-symmetric laws of physics.
 

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Time Today
1
Information Computation and Complexity
31
Complexity in the Universe
33
Information Entropy and Chaos
47
Demonic Heat Engines
90
Which Processes Satisfy the Second Law?
98
Causal Asymmetry from Statistics
108
Statistical Origins of Irreversibility
117
Is Time Sharp or Diffused?
274
Time Asymmetry and the Interpretation of Quantum Theory
280
Clock Time and Entropy
287
TimeSymmetric Cosmology and Definite Quantum Measurements
299
Quantum Cosmology and Initial Conditions
309
Time Symmetry and Asymmetry in Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Cosmology
311
The No Boundary Condition And The Arrow Of Time
346
The Arrow of Time and the NoBoundary Proposal
358

Stirring up Trouble
119
Times Arrow and Boltzmanns Entropy
131
Statistical Irreversibility Classical and Quantum
147
Quantum Fluctuations and Irreversibility
160
Decoherence
173
Preferred Sets of States Predictability Classicality and EnvironmentInduced Decoherence
175
Decoherence in Quantum Brownian Motion
213
Decoherence Without Complexity and Without an Arrow of Time
221
The Decoherence Functional in the CaldeiraLeggett Model
234
Two Perspectives on a Decohering Spin
246
Time Asymmetry and Quantum Mechanics
257
Is Time Asymmetry Logically Prior to Quantum Mechanics?
259
Time and Quantum Mechanics
268
Quantum Cosmology and Time Asymmetry
369
Time ASymmetry in a Recollapsing Quantum Universe
390
The Emergence of Time and Its Arrow from Timelessness
405
Wormholes and Time Asymmetry
415
Time Machs Principle and Quantum Cosmology
424
Time and Irreversibility in Gravitational Physics
431
Times at Early Times
433
Abandoning Prejudices About Time Reparametrization Invariance
442
Physics in Knots
452
Temperature and Time in the Geometry of Rotating Black Holes
465
Fluctuation Dissipation and Irreversibility in Cosmology
475
FluctuationDissipation Theorem in General Relativity and the Cosmological Constant
504
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