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The labyrinth of time: introducing the universe

The labyrinth of time: introducing the universe

Lockwood, Michael

Investigating philosophical questions about the past, present and future, the author examines the mystery of the universe and speculates upon the possibility of time travel

Paperback, Book. English.
Published Oxford: Clarendon, 2007

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Statement of responsibility: Michael Lockwood
ISBN: 0199217262, 9780199217267
Note: Originally published: 2005.
Physical Description: 416 p. ; 24 cm.
Subject: Space and time.


  1. Two Concepts of Time
  2. Time and Space: a Marriage is Arranged
  3. Taking Space-Time Seriously
  4. From Flat to Curved Space-Time
  5. Weaving the Cosmic Tapestry
  6. Closed Timelike Curves: Science Fact or Science Fiction?
  7. Classical Time Travel: the Toils of Paradox
  8. Hamilton's Legacy: Physical Systems and their State Spaces
  9. Time Asymmetry and the Second Law
  10. Entropy, Electrodynamics and the Role of Gravity
  11. 'Drawn Through Life Backwards'
  12. The Unyielding Past
  13. The Emergence of Order
  14. From Quantum Leaps to Schrodinger's Cat
  15. Schrodinger's Time Traveller
  16. Space, Time, and Quantum Gravity: Physics at the Frontier
  17. The Time of Our Lives
  18. Epilogue


Modern physics has revealed the universe as a much stranger place than we could have imagined. The puzzle at the centre of our knowledge of the universe is time. Michael Lockwood takes the reader on a fascinating journey into the nature of things. He investigates philosophical questions about past, present, and future, our experience of time, and the possibility of time travel. And he provides the most careful, lively, and up-to-date introduction to the physics of

time and the structure of the universe. He guides us step by step through relativity theory and quantum physics, introducing and explaining the ground-breaking ideas of Newton and Boltzmann, Einstein and Schroedinger, Penrose and Hawking. We zoom in on the behaviour of molecules and atoms, and pull

back to survey the expansion of the universe. We learn about entropy and gravity, black holes and wormholes, about how it all began and where we are all headed. Lockwood's aim is not just to boggle the mind but to lead us towards an understanding of the science and philosophy. Things will never seem the same again after a voyage through The Labyrinth of Time.


Review from previous edition Michael Lockwood's book The Labyrinth of Time: Introducing the Universe has just appeared. I highly recommend it. It's a wonderful overview of the physics and philosophy of time, crafted extremely carefully and engagingly (yet without compromising any content) for the lay reader, superbly produced and illustrated. Oh, and it's true.
Professor David Deutsch, author of The Fabric of Reality||Michael Lockwood's a model of balance and clarity....Lockwood's style is clear and straightforward
Paul Davies, Times Higher Education Supplement