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CATEGORY: The Nature of Time Essay Contest (2008) [back]
TOPIC: Your Time and My Time and Time by Raghavendra Devaraya Prabhu [refresh]
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Raghavendra Devaraya Prabhu wrote on Dec. 2, 2008 @ 08:45 GMT
Essay Abstract

Time is perhaps the only "quantity" fundamental to all the systems - physical,chemical,cosmological,mathematical,biological and many more - and at the same time vital.Being part of all these systems and as an additional dimension, it aids in understanding of various metrics/features associated with them.However,a deeper analysis of its nature has been ignored, always being treated as more of an auxiliary device.The current essay deals with the analysis of its nature in the context of entropy,synchronization,measurement; not just by presenting a set of theories but also by justifying them appropriately at several levels.Justification of the title of this essay has been done in the end.Finally,a motif which unites all of them has been provided to highlight the invariant nature of time.

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Raghavendra D Prabhu works as a Systems Engineer at a leading Internet company in India. He has completed B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Karnataka (NITK) in India. He has written papers on neural networks and graphical processing units.His interests range from neural networks, computational intelligence to non-linear systems and chaos. He also finds a great deal of interest in abstract realms of science.

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