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The Arrow of Time: A Voyage Through Science to Solve Time's Greatest Mystery

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  192 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time reawakened interest in science in a big way, thanks to a blend of fascinating subject matter and accessible language. The Arrow of Time, written by a British scientist and an award-winning journalist, continues this tradition as it delves into territory untouched by Hawking and sheds new light on a timeless controversy. 2 photo ins ...more
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published May 14th 1991 by Fawcett (first published 1988)
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Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tough sledding but worth the effort. Coveney tackles the anomaly of time. Other aspects of physics submit to equations that work mathematically which means that they work in either direction. Time is different. Many physicists sidestep this issue, not Coveney who devotes this book to analyzing the problem and introducing leading theories about why time travels in only one direction.
Bryan Higgs
Apr 07, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
It could have been a great book, but fell far short:
1) The writing style was turgid,
2) Too much credit was given to Ilya Prigogine and his Brussels School, and
3) They talked endlessly about "dissipative irreversible systems" without showing how they might explain the arrow of time, rather than being merely evidence for it.

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I just finished slogging through this book. It was not much fun, and neither was it terribly enlightening. I found the writing style to be rather turgid; there
Feb 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The authors, one a science writer and the other a physicist - both British - provide a popular but robust survey of the current representation of time in scientific research. Basic physical theories of the cosmological and the microscopic contain no arrow of time as humans experience it. Newtonian mechanics, general relativity, and quantum mechanics are time invariant in the sense that the systems these theories describe are reversible. But thermodynamics, the authors argue, particularly explora ...more
Dorian Driscoll
I read this book many years ago, when I was far less able to appreciate its topic, but the one memorable part of it had little to do with science:

"Ludwig Boltzmann was on a seaside holiday in an Adriatic village. It was meant to be a relaxing break from his studies in Vienna to help him overcome a period of illness and depression. But Boltzmann was agitated...Wildly fluctuating moods had taken him to the brink of despair and led to a stay in an asylum near Munich. Even the smallest irritation co
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gran introducción a la entropía en los sistemas físicos y biológicos. A pesar de que los choques atómicos son reversibles y viendo dos átomos chocar no sabemos si nos están pasando una película hacia atrás hacia delante, parece que todos los procesos sólo pueden ir en na dirección. Ese es el efecto e la entropía. La introducción es clara y muy completa. Cosas que al principio parecen esotéricas van cobrando forma y, sin ecuaciones, uno llega a sentirse cómodo con el proceso de aumento de desorde ...more
Jun 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author mentions Ilya Prigogine even more often than Mr Collins refers to Lady Catherine de Bourgh in Pride and Prejudice, and in a manner that reminds me of Mr Collins!!!

However there are some very good points in the book, but it felt repetitive towards the end. I learned something interesting about irrational numbers too
Jul 14, 2010 rated it liked it
An excellent book that tries to answer the question of what is time and can it flow backwards?
Essentially humans depend on circadian clocks to conceive and understand time, this clock is irrelevant to the rest of the universe, possibly time does not exist.
Feb 05, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: time, science
Time seems, in our perception, to "flow" from past to future, although nothing in classical physics, relativity, or quantum mechanics requires that this be so. So what's the dilly-o? This is the question that this book explores. Be warned: it gets pretty science-y.
Ashish Jaituni
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I read it many many years ago! It is a very good book. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in Time and Physics.
Les Weiler
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting overview of time as it applies to broader science.
Harsh Rao
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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