The Labyrinth of Time: Introducing the Universe

Paperback | August 1, 2007

byMichael Lockwood

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Modern physics has revealed the universe as a much stranger place than we could have imagined. The puzzle at the centre of our knowledge of the universe is time. Michael Lockwood takes the reader on a fascinating journey into the nature of things. He investigates philosophical questions aboutpast, present, and future, our experience of time, and the possibility of time travel. And he provides the most careful, lively, and up-to-date introduction to the physics of time and the structure of the universe. He guides us step by step through relativity theory and quantum physics, introducingand explaining the ground-breaking ideas of Newton and Boltzmann, Einstein and Schroedinger, Penrose and Hawking. We zoom in on the behaviour of molecules and atoms, and pull back to survey the expansion of the universe. We learn about entropy and gravity, black holes and wormholes, about how it allbegan and where we are all headed. Lockwood's aim is not just to boggle the mind but to lead us towards an understanding of the science and philosophy. Things will never seem the same again after a voyage through The Labyrinth of Time.

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Modern physics has revealed the universe as a much stranger place than we could have imagined. The puzzle at the centre of our knowledge of the universe is time. Michael Lockwood takes the reader on a fascinating journey into the nature of things. He investigates philosophical questions aboutpast, present, and future, our experience of...

Michael Lockwood is a Fellow of Green College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.86 inPublished:August 1, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199217262

ISBN - 13:9780199217267

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Table of Contents

1. Two Concepts of Time2. Time and Space: a Marriage is Arranged3. Taking Space-Time Seriously4. From Flat to Curved Space-Time5. Weaving the Cosmic Tapestry6. Closed Timelike Curves: Science Fact or Science Fiction?7. Classical Time Travel: the Toils of Paradox8. Hamilton's Legacy: Physical Systems and their State Spaces9. Time Asymmetry and the Second Law10. Entropy, Electrodynamics and the Role of Gravity11. 'Drawn Through Life Backwards'12. The Unyielding Past13. The Emergence of Order14. From Quantum Leaps to Schrodinger's Cat15. Schrodinger's Time Traveller16. Space, Time, and Quantum Gravity: Physics at the Frontier17. The Time of Our Lives18. Epilogue

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`'Michael Lockwood's book...is a model of balance and clarity....Lockwood's style is clear and straightforward''Paul Davies, Times Higher Education Supplement