poly: Time flies like a froot loop

From: Damien Broderick <damien@ariel.ucs.unimelb.edu.au>
Date: Fri Feb 13 1998 - 04:20:35 PST

I am in the middle of reviewing Huw Price's book *Time's Arrow and
Archimedes' Point: New Directions for the Physics of Time*, New York:
Oxford University Press, 1996. Pp. xiv + 306, now out in paperback from
OUP. It has been widely reviewed in specialist journals, often favorably.
Prof. Price's collection of notices and urls is


and a useful summary by Price of the book's ideas and his response to
selected critics is


His approach is causal perspectivalism, a relentlessly atemporal account of
an Einsteinian block universe. His results are profoundly counterintuitive
(I keep wanting to scream and dash the book to the floor), but offer an
interesting `classical' reading of certain QT paradoxa (nonlocality, e.g.).
 While I still haven't even read through his QT chapters, it is apparent
that there's some similarity with John Cramer's transactional model - but
Price finds Cramer as obtuse as the rest in falling for an illusion of
preferred temporal direction.

I think it might be worth some attention.

Damien Broderick
Received on Fri Feb 13 01:29:00 1998

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