New Light on the Arrow of Radiation

Huw Price

in Time's Arrow & Archimedes' Point

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780195117981
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853045 | DOI:
New Light on the Arrow of Radiation

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The chapter talks about asymmetry of radiation, which is a form of energy in waves. There is always a pattern when waves move, always in an outward motion, but there is some contention that these waves may also have the tendency to move inward. This was supported by Maxell's theory of electromagnetism, which speaks of a retarded solution, where the waves move naturally in their usual pattern, and an advanced solution, where the waves move in the opposite direction, inward instead of outward, which is almost never seen in nature. But some believe that this really does exist at some point in the universe. The chapter aims to illustrate that the arrows of radiation and thermodynamics are of the same type of group.

Keywords: thermodynamics; radiation; waves; pattern; movement

Chapter.  12883 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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