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“More Apt to Be Lost than Got”: The Lessons of the Second Law

Huw Price

in Time's Arrow & Archimedes' Point

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780195117981
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853045 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195117981.003.0002
“More Apt to Be Lost than Got”: The Lessons of the Second Law

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This chapter talks about asymmetry: one of time itself, and another of things contained in time. It discusses the second law of motion, that there is a tendency for an increasing disorder in the universe. Science, although based in fact and evidence, is still lacking in various fields of truth, and aspects such as time. Time cannot be grasped or contained, and somehow science has managed to dodge tackling the issue. Time is deemed irreversible; therefore scholars find it hard to control, which in reality is impossible. The chapter also discusses thermodynamics, and how it is used to somehow explain the concept of time and motion. This, in conjunction with asymmetry issues, has been widely researched and pondered over by different figures in history yet is still very far from a conclusion.

Keywords: asymmetry; disorder; truth; thermodynamics; motion

Chapter.  12736 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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