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Skeptical Notes on a Physics of Passage

Huggett, Nick (2014) Skeptical Notes on a Physics of Passage. ANNALS OF THE NEW YORK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, 1326. pp. 9-17. ISSN 1749-6632

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This paper investigates the mathematical representation of time in physics. In existing theories time is represented by the real numbers, hence their formal proper- ties represent properties of time: these are surveyed. The central question of the paper is whether the existing representation of time is adequate, or whether it can or should be supplemented: especially, do we need a physics incorporating some kind of ‘dynamical passage’ of time? The paper argues that the existing mathematical framework is resistant to such changes, and might have to be rejected by anyone seeking a physics of passage. Then it rebuts two common arguments for incorporating passage into physics, especially the claim that it is an element of experience. Finally the paper investigates whether, as has been claimed, ‘causal set theory’ provides a physics of passage.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Huggett, Nickhuggett@uic.edu
Keywords: time; quantum gravity; perception; causal set theory; emergence
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Depositing User: Nick Huggett
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2015 15:57
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2015 15:57
Item ID: 11255
Journal or Publication Title: ANNALS OF THE NEW YORK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Publisher: NEW YORK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/nyas.12...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1111/nyas.12514
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Date: October 2014
Page Range: pp. 9-17
Volume: 1326
ISSN: 1749-6632
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11255

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