Reversible dynamics and the directionality of time

Mazzola, Claudio and Giunti, Marco (2012). Reversible dynamics and the directionality of time. In Gianfranco Minati, Mario Abram and Eliano Pessa (Ed.), Methods, models, simulations and approaches towards a general theory of change (pp. 161-171) Singapore, Singapore: World Scientific. doi:10.1142/9789814383332_0011

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Author Mazzola, Claudio
Giunti, Marco
Title of chapter Reversible dynamics and the directionality of time
Title of book Methods, models, simulations and approaches towards a general theory of change
Place of Publication Singapore, Singapore
Publisher World Scientific
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1142/9789814383332_0011
Open Access Status Not Open Access
ISBN 9789814383325
9789814452960
9789814383332
Editor Gianfranco Minati
Mario Abram
Eliano Pessa
Chapter number 11
Start page 161
End page 171
Total pages 11
Total chapters 49
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The received view on the problem of the direction of time holds it that time has no intrinsic dynamical properties, and that its apparent asymmetry, to be understood in purely topological terms, is dependent on the directional properties of physical processes. In this paper we shall challenge both claims, in the light of an algebraic representation of time. First, we will show how to give a precise formulation to the intuitive idea that time possesses an intrinsic dynamics; this formulation relies on the fact that the algebraic properties of time can equivalently be understood in dynamical terms. Second, we shall argue that the directional properties displayed by the processes occurring in time depend on the directional properties of time, rather than the converse.
Keyword Dynamical System
Time
Direction
Reversibility
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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