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When We Do (and Do Not) Have a Classical Arrow of Time

Bryan W. Roberts
Philosophy of Science
Vol. 80, No. 5 (December 2013), pp. 1112-1124
DOI: 10.1086/674001
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/674001
Page Count: 13
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When We Do (and Do Not) Have a Classical Arrow of Time
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Abstract

I point out that some common folk wisdom about time reversal invariance in classical mechanics is strictly incorrect, by showing some explicit examples in which classical time reversal invariance fails, even among conservative systems. I then show that there is nevertheless a broad class of familiar classical systems that are time reversal invariant.

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