Images of Time: Mind, Science, Reality

Hardcover | February 20, 2016

byGeorge Jaroszkiewicz

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Have you ever wondered about Time: what it is or how to discuss it? If you have, then you may have been bewildered by the many different views and opinions in many diverse fields to be found, such as physics, mathematics, philosophy, religion, history, and science fiction novels and films.This book will help you unravel fact from fiction. It provides a broad survey of many of these views, these images of time, covering historical, cultural, philosophical, biological, mathematical and physical images of time, including classical and quantum mechanics, special and general relativityand cosmology.This book gives you more than just a review of such images. It provides the reader a basis for judging the scientific soundness of these various images. It develops the reader's critical ability to distinguish Images of Time in terms of its contextual completeness. Differentiating betweenmetaphysical images (which cannot be scientifically validated) and those that could, in principle, be put to empirical test. Showing that mathematical and classical mechanical images are more complete, and genuine quantum mechanics based images have the greatest degree of contextual completeness.Through the use of a simple algorithm, the reader can decide the classification of any of the images of time discussed in this book. These distinctions are of particular importance in this day and age, when we are flooded by a plethora of competing Images of Time. Many of these have no scientificbasis or empirical support or content. This book will be of value not only to philosophers, scientists and students, but also to the general reader interested in this fundamental topic, because it introduces a method of distinguishing between science fiction and science fact.

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Have you ever wondered about Time: what it is or how to discuss it? If you have, then you may have been bewildered by the many different views and opinions in many diverse fields to be found, such as physics, mathematics, philosophy, religion, history, and science fiction novels and films.This book will help you unravel fact from ficti...

George Jaroszkiewicz is Associate Professor at the School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Nottingham, UK. He previously held positions as a Postdocotral Research Fellow at the University of Kent, Cantery, UK, and at the University of Oxford, UK.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.94 inPublished:February 20, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Observers and time3. Subjective images of time4. Cultural images of time5. Literary images of time6. Objective images of time7. Mathematical images of time8. Illusionary images of time9. Causal images of time10. Physics and time11. Biological time12. The dimensions of time13. The architecture of time14. Absolute time15. The reparametrization of time16. Origins of relativity17. Special relativity18. Generalized transformations19. General relativistic time20. Time travel21. Imaginary time22. Irreversible time23. Discrete time24. Time and quanta25. Temporal correlations26. Time reversal27. Quantized spacetime28. EpilogueAppendixBibliographyIndex

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"Images of Time is a treasure that will delight readers of all persuasions. Jaroszkiewicz writes with a fluid and engaging style that wears its scholarly rigour lightly, and his crystal clear accounts are brightened throughout by quirks of humour and gems of curiosity. The wealth of topics andperspectives is a joy, as the author ranges from ancient Greece and Mesopotamia to the theories of relativity and quantum mechanics, from cosmology to thermodynamics, from Plato to Star Trek, and from geology and evolution to natural clocks and the Julian calendar. The book is at once anencyclopaedic reference, a pot-pourri of intriguing snippets, and a coherent masterpiece." --Tim Freegarde, University of Southampton, UK