David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
This paper summarises a novel approach to constructing a unified theory of fundamental physics, which I have called 'Time Flow Physics' (TFP). It is shown how this provides a natural model which reproduces essential features and principles of Special Relativity, General Relativity, and quantum mechanics in ordinary limits, while diverging in some extreme limits. The key application to cosmology is also given, and the model predicts a theory of evolving fundamental constants, dependant on the expansion of the universe. TFP ultimately contradicts Lorentz symmetry (or covariance), but the divergence from standard physics such as GTR is only empirically evident in extreme limits. TFP is proposed as a realistic empirical theory, but the emphasis here is on its conceptual features. It raises questions about the fundamental nature of covariance, the space-time ontology, simultaneity relations, the reality of metaphysical time flow, and the possibility of a theory of evolving constants. The problem of combining TFP with quantum measurement theory is one of the key difficulties, and this and other issues are briefly discussed at the end of the paper.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Mario Bacelar Valente, Did the Concepts of Space and Time Change That Much with the 1905 Theory of Relativity?
Stefan Bauberger (2005). The Physics of Time: Block Universe or Flow of Time? Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 61 (1):61 - 72.
Roger Penrose & C. J. Isham (eds.) (1986). Quantum Concepts in Space and Time. New York ;Oxford University Press.
Jill North (2011). Time in Thermodynamics. In Criag Callender (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Time. Oxford. 312--350.
Robin Le Poidevin (2003). Travels in Four Dimensions: The Enigmas of Space and Time. Oxford University Press.
D. Dieks (1988). Special Relativity and the Flow of Time. Philosophy of Science 55 (3):456-460.
Jeremy Butterfield (ed.) (1999). The Arguments of Time. Published for the British Academy by Oxford University Press.
Storrs McCall (1976). Objective Time Flow. Philosophy of Science 43 (3):337-362.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads29 ( #57,910 of 1,096,960 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #273,801 of 1,096,960 )
How can I increase my downloads?