|Abstract||For more than a century, physics has known of a puzzling conﬂict between the T- asymmetry of thermodynamic phenomena and the T-symmetry of the underlying microphysics on which these phenomena depend. This paper provides a guide to the current status of this puzzle, distinguishing the central issue from various issues with which it may be confused. It is shown that there are two competing conceptions of what is needed to resolve the puzzle of the thermodynamic asymmetry, which diﬀer with respect to the number of distinct T-asymmetries they take to be manifest in the physical world. On the preferable one-asymmetry conception, the remaining puzzle concerns the ordered distribution of matter in the early universe. The puzzle of the thermodynamic arrow thus becomes a puzzle for cosmology|
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Through your library||Only published papers are available at libraries|
Similar books and articles
Michael McGlone (2009). Understanding Kripke's Puzzles About Belief. Philosophy Compass 4 (3):487-514.
Huw Price (2006). Recent Work on the Arrow of Radiation☆. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 37 (3):498-527.
Craig Callender, Thermodynamic Asymmetry in Time. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Shaun Nichols (2002). Imagination and the Puzzles of Iteration. Analysis 62 (3):182-87.
M. Frisch (2000). (Dis-)Solving the Puzzle of the Arrow of Radiation. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 51 (3):381-410.
Huw Price (2002). Boltzmann's Time Bomb. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 53 (1):83-119.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads42 ( #27,062 of 549,122 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #25,740 of 549,122 )
How can I increase my downloads?