Understanding the Time-Asymmetry of Radiation

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Abstract

I discuss the nature of the puzzle about the time-asymmetry of radiation and argue that its most common formulation is flawed. As a result, many proposed solutions fail to solve the real problem. I discuss a recent proposal of Mathias Frisch as an example of the tendency to address the wrong problem. I go on to suggest that the asymmetry of radiation, like the asymmetry of thermodynamics, results from the initial state of the universe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1086-1097
Number of pages12
JournalPhilosophy of Science
Volume70
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Philosophy
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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