Archive of Author | Peter J Riggs

Dr. Peter J. Riggs is a physicist and philosopher of science in the Department of Quantum Science at the Australian National University. He has previously held teaching and research positions at a number of Australian universities and his research currently focuses on the nature of time and the foundations of physics. Dr. Riggs’s publications include the books: Quantum Causality (Springer, 2009); Whys and Ways of Science (Melbourne University Press, 1992); and the edited volume Natural Kinds, Laws of Nature and Scientific Methodology (Kluwer Academic, 1996).

Articles with Peter J Riggs


Physical Time in Perspective

Most people would probably agree that the obvious feature about time is that it progresses (or flows). However, our everyday experience of the apparent ‘dynamic’ nature of time conflicts with the basic laws of physics which do not posit any passage of time. This clash between experience and fundamental physics has led a few physicists to develop theories of the universe in which time’s passage is an explicit feature. Two such theories are discussed along with a possible non-‘dynamic’ alternative.

Dr. Peter J. Riggs is a physicist and philosopher of science in the Department of Quantum Science at the Australian National University.