Special Issue "Arrow of Time"
A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 January 2012)
Prof. Craig Callender
Professor of Philosophy, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA
Interests: time in physics; second law; foundations of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics; the direction of time; philosophy of science; interpretation of quantum mechanics
Problems connected to the arrow of time remain some of science's largest mysteries. Perhaps because the direction of time plays such a large role in our own lives we maintain a persistent interest in any science that distinguishes the past from future in a robust manner. Whatever the reason, there are many open and fascinating questions associated with the arrow of time in and across many sciences. In statistical mechanics, Boltzmann and many other greats of physics tackled the origins of thermodynamic entropy increase. This puzzle remains, but so do many comparable ones concerning the radiation arrow, cosmological arrow, psychological arrow, and more. What are the origins of these arrows? How are they affected when (e.g.) gravity is taken into account? How do they relate to one another? We hope for progress on these and other questions in this issue.
Prof. Craig Callender
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- second law of thermodynamics
- time reversal invariance
- temporal asymmetries
- initial conditions
- reversibility paradox
Entropy 2011, 13(12), 2024-2035; doi:10.3390/e13122024
Received: 8 November 2011; in revised form: 6 December 2011 / Accepted: 12 December 2011 / Published: 19 December 2011| Download PDF Full-text (556 KB)
Entropy 2012, 14(2), 177-212; doi:10.3390/e14020177
Received: 27 December 2011; in revised form: 26 January 2012 / Accepted: 31 January 2012 / Published: 7 February 2012| Download PDF Full-text (1682 KB)
Article: Classical and Quantum Models in Non-Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics: Moment Methods and Long-Time Approximations
Entropy 2012, 14(2), 291-322; doi:10.3390/e14020291
Received: 21 December 2011; in revised form: 25 January 2012 / Accepted: 9 February 2012 / Published: 15 February 2012| Download PDF Full-text (497 KB)
Entropy 2012, 14(2), 344-369; doi:10.3390/e14020344
Received: 13 January 2012; in revised form: 9 February 2012 / Accepted: 9 February 2012 / Published: 17 February 2012| Download PDF Full-text (135 KB)
Entropy 2012, 14(3), 390-406; doi:10.3390/e14030390
Received: 20 December 2011; in revised form: 14 February 2012 / Accepted: 16 February 2012 / Published: 23 February 2012| Download PDF Full-text (448 KB)
Article: Temporal Asymmetry, Entropic Irreversibility, and Finite-Time Thermodynamics: From Parmenides–Einstein Time-Reversal Symmetry to the Heraclitan Entropic Arrow of Time
Entropy 2012, 14(3), 407-455; doi:10.3390/e14030407
Received: 3 February 2012 / Accepted: 17 February 2012 / Published: 28 February 2012| Download PDF Full-text (356 KB)
Article: Modeling Time’s Arrow
Entropy 2012, 14(4), 614-629; doi:10.3390/e14040614
Received: 2 February 2012; in revised form: 13 March 2012 / Accepted: 19 March 2012 / Published: 23 March 2012| Download PDF Full-text (236 KB)
Entropy 2012, 14(4), 665-686; doi:10.3390/e14040665
Received: 25 December 2011; in revised form: 21 March 2012 / Accepted: 26 March 2012 / Published: 2 April 2012| Download PDF Full-text (335 KB)
Last update: 5 October 2012