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The Origin of the Difference between Space and Time

Nikolić, Hrvoje (2023) The Origin of the Difference between Space and Time. Symmetry, 15 . ISSN 2073-8994

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All differences between the role of space and time in nature are explained by proposing principles in which none of the spacetime coordinates has an a priori special role. Spacetime is treated as a non-dynamical manifold, with a fixed global R^D topology. The dynamical theory of gravity determines only the metric tensor on a fixed manifold. All dynamics is treated as a Cauchy problem, so it follows that one coordinate takes a special role. It is proposed that any boundary condition that is finite everywhere leads to a solution which is also finite everywhere. This explains the (1, D−1) signature of the metric, the boundedness of energy from below, the absence of tachyons, and other related properties of nature. The time arrow is explained by proposing that the boundary condition should be ordered. The quantization is considered as a boundary condition for field operators. Only the physical degrees of freedom are quantized.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: space ; time ; spacetime
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Physics
Divisions: Theoretical Physics Division
Depositing User: Hrvoje Nikolić
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2023 11:46
DOI: 10.3390/sym15040957

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