The Physical Concept of Time

  • H.-Dieter Zeh


The concept of time has been discussed since the earliest records of philosophy, at which point science had not yet become a separate subject. It is rooted in the subjective experience of the present or moment of awareness which appears to ‘flow’ through time and thereby to dynamically distinguish the past from the future. This has led to the formal representation of time by the real numbers, and of the present as a point moving in the direction defined by their sign.


Light Cone Celestial Body Physical Concept Twin Paradox Newtonian Time 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • H.-Dieter Zeh
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  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität HeidelbergHeidelbergFed. Rep. of Germany

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