A concept related to the asymmetry of time, usually related to the second law of thermodynamics, which says that entropy always either increases or stays the same.

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Does conservation of information mean that the direction of causality is arbitrary? [duplicate]

If it is the case that the information content of the universe is conserved, and the past can be constructed from a complete knowledge of the future just as easily as vice versa, then is there any ...
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Is QFT time symmetric, and how is it implemented?

In electromagnetism, while the Maxwell equations are time symmetric, there is a choice to restrict solutions specifically to retarded potentials, imposing a time direction on the equations. And in QFT,...
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What is time, does it flow, and if so what defines its direction?

This is an attempt to gather together the various questions about time that have been asked on this site and provide a single set of hopefully authoritative answers. Specifically we attempt to address ...
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Why does time always flow forward?

According to the BBC Earth " Physics says that any event in our day-to-day lives could happen in reverse, at any time".Then why can't we just turn time backwards?
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Books about arrow of time

Are there physics books about arrow of time? The concept of time is so wage, at least to me, it seems may not exist. When I think special relativity, time gets as real as other 3 spatial dimensions. ...
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Is there really a direction of time?

Laws of physics are (almost) time symmetric, so a time-reversed description of a physical process is as qualified as the original one. What's the reason then, that in reality one version seems to ...
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How would certain situations hold up in time-reversal symmetry

According to time-reversal symmetry, if I reversed time, the laws of physics would still hold up, so if I dropped a ball to the ground, then in reverse order all of the light and sound and frictional ...
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Direction of time in an insulated room

I am puzzled with thought experiment that resembles/is version of Bolzmann's brain-hyphothesis. I could explain it in following way: Let’s assume that we have isolated system full of some stuff, let’...
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What determines time flow? (arrow of time) [closed]

I've been reading up on the arrow of time and there is one thing that is being omitted from every explanation that I've found: time flow. I am rewording this question to make it clearer. From the ...
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Is black hole formation reversible if physics law holds even in time reverse?

As we know many situations still fulfill physics law if time is reversed, such as particle collision. But how about black hole formation? Suppose a star is turning to a black hole and starts to have ...
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If time is like space, why entropy always increases with time? [duplicate]

If time is like space, why entropy always increases with time I should not be able to distinguish whether I am going forwards or backwards in time. As entropy always increase with time. I can ...
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Does Time-Reversal Violation imply a microscopic Arrow of Time?

I have a questions regarding the relation of time reversal violation and existence of a microscopic direction of time. It seems to me that the following definition for T-symmetry and arrow of time ...
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What does it mean to say that “remembering the future and not the past?”

I encountered a rather stupid question which I don't quite understand. - "Why can we remember the past but not the future?" It sounds cool when I first read about it but I think about it more, about ...
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How would the laws of nature behave if we reversed time?

Suppose a ball falls from a certain height and reaches the ground. Later on, somehow we managed to reverse time. Now on reversing time, will the ball move upward to reach the same point from where it ...
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What perpetuates change? [duplicate]

People say that our notion of "time" comes from entropy which in turn is just a large scale effect of the laws of physics, but what is it that perpetuates the laws of physics from one state into the ...
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Does negative mass reverse the arrow of time?

General relativity predicts that normal mass (positive mass) results in the curvature of spacetime which in return leads to gravitation. Since space and time are bonded together, any change on the ...
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CP violation and arrow of time

Does CP (and thus T) violation imply a definite arrow of time? How does it relate to the thermodynamic one? Does the microscopic irreversibility reflect itself to macroscopic level? If not why?
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Arrow of time and entropy?

The arrow of time is usually defined by the direction in which entropy increases. In a closed system, if there's a max entropy that the system can reach, does that mean time stops or at least become ...
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Physics without time

The structure of physical law as we generally recognize it today is firmly held together by the existence of time. Although physical laws can both predict and retrodict (reversible time does not break ...
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What is time, with respect to universe? [closed]

I want to know what is actually time, not like the measurable quantity. But with some scientific terms Someone said that "time is entropy". Is that true? also what makes time unique?
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Is it possible to tell time within a steady state?

(Inspired from this question (A) which unfortunately the link in the selected answer is now 404 broken (which might have contained my answer), thus cannot read any deeper than that) From the above ...
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The arrow of time and the cosmology of a black hole interior

When solving the Einstein field equations in Schwarzschild metric for an observer falling into a black hole the radial coordinate r of the black hole and time t switch roles in the equations when r<...
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In reverse time, do objects at rest fall upwards?

I want to develop a game where time runs backwards, based on the idea that physical laws are reversible in time. However, when I have objects at rest on the earth, having gravity run backwards would ...
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Parallel Universe Moving Backwards in time [duplicate]

We know that different parallel universes- if they truly exist - are governed by different sets of laws. But, Could there be a parallel universe that is moving back in time(?) - in different direction ...
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Passage of time on a faster-than-light (FTL) vessel [closed]

Yes, this is already wild speculation. I'll retract this question if it isn't well received. As I understand, within an event horizon, spacetime gets rotated so that the singularity is in the future, ...
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Doesn't entropy increase backwards in time, too?

In statistical explanations of entropy, we can often read about a (thought) experiment of the following sort. We have a bunch of particles in box, packed densely in one of the corners. We assume some ...
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Why is it legitimate to only observe motion, but call it time, such that concepts like “the relativity of simultaneity” are seen as possibly genuine? [duplicate]

My question is asking for evaluation of a new concept or paradigm within the framework of the current mainstream physics understanding of Relativity. Specifically, that concept or paradigm being that, ...
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Where in, Einstein’s “On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies” (Relativity), is “Time” reasonably shown to exist, or why is it a valid assumption? [closed]

Given the widespread acceptance that “Einstein’s Relativity” reasonably proves the existence of Space-‘Time’, and thus “Time”... Can any member of the Physics StackExchange please show precisely ...
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H-theorem and Boltzmann equation applied to Boltzmann distribution

Using the Boltzmann equation: $$ \frac{dH}{dt} = \int_0^{\infty} dr \int_0^{\infty} ds W(r,s)[p_r - p_s][\ln{p_r} - \ln{p_s}],$$ and assuming $p_r = e^{-\beta r}$, the equation looks like $$ \frac{...
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Regarding the 'Arrow of Time'

I read according to 'Newtonian' Mechanics any set of physical activity of particles can be reversed ( I think) so a set of complicated dynamic systems of particles and matter can reverse their '...
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Who invented the perfume bottle thought experiment?

A common thought experiment used to explain the second law of thermodynamics, the "arrow of time", etc. is perfume escaping from an opened perfume bottle; the perfume is likely to diffuse into the ...
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Quantum Mechanics and Direction of time [duplicate]

It has always fascinated me that time is symmetrical in classical physics while, in life, we all experience the flow of time in only one direction. There is no preference as to the direction of time ...
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Evolution and the arrow of time

I don't want to ask about potential resolutions to the arrow of time. On the contrary, I want to take it as a given that it is the case for the universe, but then ask a rather odd question about its ...
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Why do we remember the past but not the future?

The question is sometimes referred to as the "psychological arrow of time" (Hawking, 1985). Here the past is understood as a moment or time when the entropy of the universe was lower, and contrarily ...
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At an instant, does a system of gravitational charges exhibit equivalent behavior to a time-reversed system of like electric charges?

Question: In principle, does a system of gravitational charges exhibit equivalent behavior to a time-reversed system of like electric charges? (At a single instance in time?) Additional Notes: I am ...
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What makes now special?

I recently came across the paper Relation between the psychological and thermodynamic arrows of time (arXiv). Their argument makes sense to me, however their concept doesn't seem to address what 'now'...
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Quantum entaglement and the arrow of time

I have seen several claims to that quantum mechanics is required to explain the arrow of time which I take to mean the macroscopic irreversibility of physical systems. This is presumably to resolve ...
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On the distinction of past and future: could one theoretically reverse direction of particles and cause time to appear to go backwards?

Based on my understanding of physics after seeing The Distinction of Past and Future on Project Tuva, there is no distinction between past and future on a fundamental level- all particle interactions ...
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Backward Time Flow?

Physicists say that time is moving foward because entropy always increases. But have physicists considered that we might be mistaken? Since there is no ultimate reference frame, it could be possible ...
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Will entropy continue to increase even if the universe begins to contract?

If the universe is heading for a big crunch, when the universe starts to collapse will entropy decrease and the arrow of time consequently reverse or not? I'm interested in the explanations, not just ...
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Does the direction of perceived time depend on location in the universe?

Do the laws of physics allow for the possibility that in a galaxy far far away, the perceived arrow of time is in the opposite direction to ours, where people (aliens) die before they are born, and ...
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Entropy as an arrow of time

From what I understand, entropy is a concept defined by the experimentalist due to his ignorance of the exact microstate of a system. To say the number of accessible microstates $W$ of the universe is ...
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Time reversal and the solutions to Maxwell equations

The standard Lienard-Wiechert potentials describe the electromagnetic field at a point $P$ at time $t$ due to an arbitrarily moving charge $q$ at the retarded time $t-r/c$. An electromagnetic ...
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Inverting the laws of physics [closed]

Are there any good theories on inverting the law of physics? To make physics work the opposite way of what it does. Please ask question if this is unclear! I'll answer as well as I can. Ok, I'll ...
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Are all (non-macroscopic, non-measurement) quantum mechanical interactions time-reversible?

I distinctly remember reading some article claiming some physicists had discovered a time-irreversible, subatomic quantum mechanical interaction. Is my memory just foggy or has this really been found?
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Does it make a sense to speak about age of electron or atom?

It's possible that this question is too soft or even quite senseless for this forum, but I will ask nevertheless. Everyday (macroscopic) things, like a grandfather's pendulum clock or the grandfather ...
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What happens at the interface between two universes with opposite thermodynamic arrows of time? [closed]

I was trying to think but cannot figure it out. For instance, if the interaction is small, for instance limited to a windows, the observers in each universe will see that the other goes in reverse. ...
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Spontaneous conversion of heat into work at negative temperatures

Consider a heavy macroscopic object moving in a gas. Friction causes its kinetic energy to be converted into heat. Thermodynamically, there is (effectively) no entropy associated with the kinetic ...
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Does entropy really always increase (or stay the same)? [duplicate]

Consider this image. If the big (grey) molecules were all to spontaneously move to the left, and the small ones were to move to the right, there would be an increase in order. While unlikely, wouldn'...
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Is there a mechanism for time symmetry breaking?

Excluding Thermodynamic's arrow of time, all mathematical descriptions of time are symmetric. We know the arrow of time is real and we know the equations describing physics are real so is there any ...