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Boltzmann's Ghost (1998)
Ken Wharton
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A physicist encounters an apparently crazy man who tries to convince him that some beings experience time backwards. His intriguing explanation of this phenomenon depends on theoretical physics, and ultimately upon mathematics, since it attributes the "arrow of time" to boundary conditions. Author/physicist Ken Wharton's "novella" (it seemed more like a short story to me) is available only electronically from Eggplant Productions.

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Mathematical Content:
2/5 (1 votes)
Literary Quality:
3/5 (1 votes)

GenreScience Fiction,
TopicMathematical Physics,
MediumShort Stories,

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