A Momentous Arrow of Time

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Bojowald, Martin
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Quantum cosmology offers a unique stage to address questions of time related to its underlying (and perhaps truly quantum dynamical) meaning as well as its origin. Some of these issues can be analyzed with a general scheme of quantum cosmology, others are best seen in loop quantum cosmology. The latter's status is still incomplete, and so no full scenario has yet emerged. Nevertheless, using properties that have a potential of pervading more complicated and realistic models, a vague picture shall be sketched here. It suggests the possibility of deriving a beginning within a beginningless theory, by applying cosmic forgetfulness to an early history of the universe.
Comment: 23 pages, 3 figures, Chapter contributed to "The Arrow of Time" Ed. L. Mersini-Houghton and R. Vaas (Springer-Verlag)
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General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology
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