|Time and Chance
David Z Albert||Harvard University Press, 2000||ISBN: 0674011325
Why time goes in one direction only is a question which has puzzled many people, but especially philosophers of science. In 'Time and Chance', David Z Albert examines how thermodynamics fits in with the direction of time, and shows the fallacies in arguments which have tried to deduce the arrow of time from thermodynamic behaviour. He writes with a conversational, and sometimes confrontational style, which makes a refreshing change from some works in the philosophy of science. The book does not require a great deal of prior knowledge, since the necessary thermodynamics and statistical mechanics are introduced in the first few chapters, with plenty of helpful diagrams. Thus Albert explains the problems with the idea that the universe began as a chance event - if you think it did then you are led to believe that only your immediate surroundings arose, and that happened only a few seconds ago, with your past memories happening by chance.