The Arrow of Radiation

Mathias Frisch

in Inconsistency, Asymmetry, and Non-Locality

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780195172157
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835294 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Science

 The Arrow of Radiation

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This chapter examines the relations between the arrow of radiation and other temporal arrows. It looks at the ‘puzzle of the arrow of radiation’ by Einstein and Popper, partly to correct misinterpretations of their views and introduce several themes that will be relevant in Chapter 7 when an answer is proposed for this puzzle. Two proposed solutions to the puzzle: Rohrlich’s discussion of an asymmetric particle equation, and Anderson’s appeal to a finite energy requirement are considered.

Keywords: arrow of radiation; temporal arrows; asymmetric particle equations; finite energy

Chapter.  10107 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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