Inflation in the universe and time asymmetry

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I previously argued that the origin of time asymmetry is to be sought in the processes that characterized the very early cosmological epochs, and that the recent inflationary scenario provides a crucial element in our understanding of this origin1. Here, I develop this thesis further, in the light of criticisms by Page2. I argue in particular that any of the "initial states" that appear to be permitted by quantum gravity, if succeeded by a period of inflation, would have wound up the universe to the state from which, as indicated by increasing entropy, it is now winding down.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)524-527
Number of pages4
JournalNature
Volume312
Issue number5994
DOIs
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

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Davies, Paul. / Inflation in the universe and time asymmetry. In: Nature. 1984 ; Vol. 312, No. 5994. pp. 524-527.
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