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2018 Agency in the Physical World
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2016 Physics of the Observer
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2015 The Physics of What Happens
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2013 Physics of Information
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2010 The Nature of Time
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2008 Foundational Questions in Physics and Cosmology
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2006 Foundational Questions in Physics and Cosmology
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Lee Smolin
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Project Title

Physical and cosmological consequences of the hypotheses of the reality of time

Project Summary

The question of whether time is real or an illusion lies at the root of several of the most fundamental unsolved problems in physics and cosmology today. These include the problem of quantum gravity, which is the problem of unifying the physics of the quantum with the physics of spacetime, the problem of the interpretation of quantum mechanics and the problem of how the laws of physics, which are observed to govern our universe, were selected. In this proposal we investigate the consequences for these problems of the hypothesis that time is real and part of the fundamental organization of nature.

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