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Now: The Physics of Time

Now: The Physics of Time


作者  /  Richard A. Muller

出版社 / W. W. NORTON & COMPANY, INC.

出版日期 / 2016/09/20

商品語言 / 英文

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《給未來總統的能源課》作者,加州大學柏克萊分校物理學教授理查.繆勒(Richard Muller)最新力作。

亞馬遜”熵”的物理學領域排行冠軍,2016年9月最佳圖書。


「理查.繆勒是個出色的物理學家,對智識的追求永不停歇。關於我們自己以及我們和宇宙之間的關係,他能夠提出變革的想法。在本書中,繆勒假設了時間本身的創造及毀滅,這個理論的對錯尚未知,但至少他開的是一門大師級的課程,在課堂中講述時間是什麼?我們如何以及為什麼以我們的方式來感知時間。」- Neil deGrasse Tyson(天文物理學家兼《宇宙大探索》節目主持人

當你說”現在”這個字的時候,”現在”已經消逝了,它就是你怎麼也”把握”不到的字眼。古語的「天上一日、地上千年」已經可以用時間膨脹理論證明其存在;GPS衛星必須得不斷彌補時間膨脹,否則差之毫釐、失之千里:車子本來要到五股,結果開到了龜山。在物理學家理查.繆勒的眼中,”時間”或者”現在”到底是什麼?

“現在”這個短暫的瞬間,為什麼如此特別?它謎樣的特質困擾了哲學家、神職人員、以及包括愛因斯坦在內的許許多多物理學家。愛因斯坦證明了時間流動受速度與重力的影響,但他對於無法清楚解釋”現在”的意義而感到絕望。同樣棘手的問題:”時間為何流逝?”,對某些物理學家來說,他們已經放棄要嘗試解釋,並將時間流逝稱之為錯覺。但本書作者並不這麼想,他認為物理學家應該要解釋而非漠視既存的事實。

繆勒在書中不僅檢驗過去的理論,他還有自己革命性的想法,而他的預測是可以被檢驗的。他從相對論、熵、纏結、反物質以及大霹靂等建構物理學的基石中,提出了自己的理論。

繆勒指出,標準的大霹靂理論解釋了宇宙不斷擴張正如新的空間不斷地產生。他認為時間也在不斷地擴展,新產生的時間邊緣,就是我們所經驗的”現在”。這樣的想法引發了極大的問題,而這些疑問不僅發生在物理學,也發生在不斷被討論”人是否有自由意志”的哲學問題當中。

You are reading the word now right now. But what does that mean? What makes the ephemeral moment now so special? Its enigmatic character has bedeviled philosophers, priests, and modern-day physicists from Augustine to Einstein and beyond. Einstein showed that the flow of time is affected by both velocity and gravity, yet he despaired at his failure to explain the meaning of now. Equally puzzling: why does time flow? Some physicists have given up trying to understand, and call the flow of time an illusion, but the eminent experimentalist physicist Richard A. Muller protests. He says physics should explain reality, not deny it.

In Now, Muller does more than poke holes in past ideas; he crafts his own revolutionary theory, one that makes testable predictions. He begins by laying out with the refreshing clarity that made Physics for Future Presidents so successful a firm and remarkably clear explanation of the physics building blocks of his theory: relativity, entropy, entanglement, antimatter, and the Big Bang. With the stage then set, he reveals a startling way forward.

Muller points out that the standard Big Bang theory explains the ongoing expansion of the universe as the continuous creation of new space. He argues that time is also expanding and that the leading edge of the new time is what we experience as now. This thought-provoking vision has remarkable implications for some of our biggest questions, not only in physics but also in philosophy including the ongoing debate about the reality of free will. Moreover, his theory is testable. Muller s monumental work will spark major debate about the most fundamental assumptions of our universe, and may crack one of physics s longest-standing enigmas.







詳細資料

誠品26碼 /2681371708009
ISBN 13 /9780393285239
ISBN 10 /0393285235
EAN /9780393285239

頁數368
尺寸24.4X16.8CM
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語言英文
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