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International Journal of Physics. 2015, 3(1), 12-16
DOI: 10.12691/ijp-3-1-3
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The Direction of Time and the Dynamical Evolution of the World

Hans H. Diel1,

1Diel Software Entwicklung und Beratung, Seestr. 102, 71067 Sindelfingen, Germany

Pub. Date: January 08, 2015

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Hans H. Diel. The Direction of Time and the Dynamical Evolution of the World. International Journal of Physics. 2015; 3(1):12-16. doi: 10.12691/ijp-3-1-3


The possible identification of an arrow of time with the dynamical evolution of the world, based on the laws of physics and without recourse to the flow of entropy, is investigated. It is concluded that when, in addition to their declarative semantics, the laws of physics are considered in the context of their overall goal, namely, describing the dynamical evolution of the world, a direction of time becomes apparent.

causality laws of physics direction of time time arrow time symmetry

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