Journal Article

Critical Notice

Jeremy Butterfield

in The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

Published on behalf of British Society for the Philosophy of Science

Volume 53, issue 2, pages 289-330
Published in print June 2002 | ISSN: 0007-0882
Published online June 2002 | e-ISSN: 1464-3537 | DOI:
Critical Notice

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This review of Julian Barbour's The End of Time ([1999]) discusses his Machian theories of dynamics, and his proposal that a Machian perspective enables one to solve the problem of time in quantum geometrodynamics, viz. by saying that there is no time!

1 Introduction

2 Machian themes in classical physics

2.1 The status quo

2.2 Machianism

2.2.1 The temporal metric as emergent

2.2.2 Machian theories

2.2.3 Assessing intrinsic dynamics

3 The end of time?

3.1 Time unreal? The classical case

3.1.1 Spontaneity

3.1.2 Barbour's vision: time capsules

3.2 Evidence from quantum physics?

3.2.1 Mott scattering as a model for time capsules

3.2.2 Solving the problem of time?

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