Space and Time pp 258-279 | Cite as

Physical Limits to Knowledge of the Universe — (ii) Past/Future Sign Asymmetry

  • Richard Swinburne


WE considered in the last chapter the extent to which the fast velocity of mutual recession of galactic clusters limited the knowledge that we on Earth could have of their states. In this chapter we must consider how far physical laws are responsible for our much greater knowledge of past than of future.


Future State High Entropy Past State Original Process Sign Asymmetry 
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© Richard Swinburne 1968

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Swinburne
    • 1
  1. 1.University of HullUK

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