The Janus Point: A New Theory Of Time

December 1, 2020|
The Janus Point: A New Theory Of Time by Julian Barbour
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In a universe filled by chaos and disorder, one physicist makes the radical argument that the growth of order drives the passage of time -- and shapes the destiny of the universe.Time is among the universe''s greatest mysteries. Why, when most laws of physics allow for it to flow forward and backward, does it only go forward? Physicists have long appealed to the second law of thermodynamics, held to predict the increase of disorder in the universe, to explain this. InThe Janus Point, physicist Julian Barbour argues that the second law has been misapplied and that the growth oforderdetermines how we experience time. In his view, the big bang becomes the "Janus point," a moment of minimal order from which time could flow, and order increase, in two directions.The Janus Pointhas remarkable implications: while most physicists predict that the universe will become mired in disorder, Barbour sees the possibility that order -- the stuff of life -- can grow without bound. A major new work of physics,The Janus Pointwill transform our understanding of the nature of existence.
Julian Barbouris the author of the highly regardedThe Discovery of Dynamicsand the bestsellerThe End of Time. He received his PhD in physics from the University of Cologne in 1968. He is a past visiting professor of physics at the University of Oxford and lives on the edge of the scenic Cotswolds, UK.
Title:The Janus Point: A New Theory Of Time
Product dimensions:400 pages, 10.5 X 7.8 X 1.55 in
Shipping dimensions:400 pages, 10.5 X 7.8 X 1.55 in
Published:December 1, 2020
Publisher:Basic Books
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780465095469

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