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The Arrow of Time: A Voyage Through Science to Solve Time's Greatest… (1990)

by Peter Coveney, Roger Highfield (Author)

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I found this book difficult to read; the writing style is turgid, academic and lacking in enthusiasm.

The book could have been good, but:
1) The writing style was boring and academic
2) The authors seem to come from the Ilya Prigogine Brussels School, and the incessant references to him and to the school became annoying
3) The authors talked a lot about dissipative irreversible processes (using lots of examples that could have been fascinating if better presented), but failed to explain why the existence of these processes could shed light on the fact that the arrow of time is unidirectional, rather than mere evidence that iit is. ( )
  bryanhiggs | Jul 1, 2010 |
If you've ever wondered why you can't go back in time, this is the book for you! ( )
  bunnyladen | Aug 1, 2008 |
What is time, and why does it seem to flow in only one direction? ( )
  richardtaylor | Sep 27, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0449906302, Hardcover)

In this book physical chemist Dr Peter Coveney and award-winning science journalist Dr Roger Highfield have questioned our understanding of science with their humorous reinterpretation of the most profound aspect of time - why it points from the past to the future. The author's challenge to scientific preconceptions about the irreversibility of time is designed to link apparently irreconcilable features of science, from Einstein's obsession with causality to chaos theory, from the cause of jet lag to the Monday morning feeling.

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In this book physical chemist Dr Peter Coveney and award-winning science journalist Dr Roger Highfield have questioned our understanding of science with their humorous reinterpretation of the most profound aspect of time - why it points from the past to the future. The author's challenge to scientific preconceptions about the irreversibility of time is designed to link apparently irreconcilable features of science, from Einstein's obsession with causality to chaos theory, from the cause of jet lag to the Monday morning feeling.… (more)

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