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The Janus Point: A New Theory of Time

The Janus Point: A New Theory of Time (Hardback)

By Barbour, Julian

An Oxford physicist's new theory of time predicts a future of limitless potential Time is among the Universe's greatest mysteries. Why, when the laws of physics seem to allow for it go forward and backward, does it flow in only one direction? For decades, physicists have sought t...o explain it using the inevitable increase of entropy, or disorder, in the Universe. In The Janus Point, Julian Barbour argues they are wrong. What drives time is the increase of order: of galaxies, stars, planets, and life. In this view, the Big Bang represents a minimum of order -- and a Janus Point, from which time flowed in two directions, just as the laws of physics require. But most important is what this theory means for the destiny of our Universe. If entropy explains the Universe, in the end it will become inert, and nothing beautiful will exist. If Barbour is correct, the destiny of the Universe is one of limitless potential. What conclusion is more revolutionary than that?
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ISBN 9780465095469
Released NZ 22 Sep 2020
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780465095469
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Imprint Basic Civitas Books
Released 22 Sep 2020
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
 › 3 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Barbour, Julian
Category Time (Chronology)
Physics: Thermodynamics
Relativity Physics
Number of Pages 400
Dimensions Width: 145mm
Height: 239mm
Spine: 38mm
Dewey Code 530.11
Weight 590g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Space and time, Thermodynamics, Entropy, Second law of thermodynamics, General relativity Physics
NBS Text Astronomy, Space & Time
ONIX Text General/trade