Time Reversal in Classical Electromagnetism

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Richard Feynman has claimed that anti-particles are nothing but particles `propagating backwards in time'; that time reversing a particle state always turns it into the corresponding anti-particle state. According to standard quantum field theory textbooks this is not so: time reversal does not turn particles into anti-particles. Feynman's view is interesting because, in particular, it suggests a nonstandard, and possibly illuminating, interpretation of the CPT theorem. In this paper, we explore a classical analog of Feynman's view, in the context of the recent debate between David Albert and David Malament over time reversal in classical electromagnetism.
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David Malament (2004). On the Time Reversal Invariance of Classical Electromagnetic Theory. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 35 (2):295-315.

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Jill North (2008). Two Views on Time Reversal. Philosophy of Science 75 (2):201-223.
Daniel Peterson (2015). Prospects for a New Account of Time Reversal. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 49:42-56.

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