Statistical Causality in Atomic Theory (A General Introduction to Irreversibility) [1972d and 1974a]

  • Robert S. Cohen
  • John J. Stachel
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 21)


Although a naive feeling of a privileged direction of time has always been present in human thought (Fugit irreparabile tempus, Humpty Dumpty etc.), the scientific concept of irreversibility is relatively modern (19th century).


Phase Space Liouville Equation Statistical Causality Decay State Asymptotic Density 
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  • Robert S. Cohen
  • John J. Stachel

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