The End of Certainty: Time, Chaos, and the New Laws of Nature

Free Press (1997)
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[Time, the fundamental dimension of our existence, has fascinated artists, philosophers, and scientists of every culture and every century. All of us can remember a moment as a child when time became a personal reality, when we realized what a "year" was, or asked ourselves when "now" happened. Common sense says time moves forward, never backward, from cradle to grave. Nevertheless, Einstein said that time is an illusion. Nature's laws, as he and Newton defined them, describe a timeless, deterministic universe within which we can make predictions with complete certainty. In effect, these great physicists contended that time is reversible and thus meaningless.
Keywords Science Philosophy  Space and time  Chaotic behavior in systems  Natural history
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Call number Q175.P8819513 1997
ISBN(s) 0684837056   9780684837055
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