Philosophy of physics space and time

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Philosophy of Physics: Space and Time by Tim Maudlin

This concise book introduces nonphysicists to the core philosophical issues surrounding the nature and structure of space and time, and is also an ideal resource for physicists interested in the conceptual foundations of space-time theory.

Tim Maudlins broad historical overview examines Aristotelian and Newtonian accounts of space and time, and traces how Galileos conceptions of relativity and space-time led to Einsteins special and general theories of relativity. Maudlin explains special relativity using a geometrical approach, emphasizing intrinsic space-time structure rather than coordinate systems or reference frames. He gives readers enough detail about special relativity to solve concrete physical problems while presenting general relativity in a more qualitative way, with an informative discussion of the geometrization of gravity, the bending of light, and black holes. Additional topics include the Twins Paradox, the physical aspects of the Lorentz-FitzGerald contraction, the constancy of the speed of light, time travel, the direction of time, and more.

Introduces nonphysicists to the philosophical foundations of space-time theory
Provides a broad historical overview, from Aristotle to Einstein
Explains special relativity geometrically, emphasizing the intrinsic structure of space-time
Covers the Twins Paradox, Galilean relativity, time travel, and more
Requires only basic algebra and no formal knowledge of physics

Tim Maudlin is professor of philosophy at New York University. His books include The Metaphysics within Physics and Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity.

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This concise book introduces nonphysicists to the core philosophical issues surrounding the nature and structure of space and time, and is also an ideal resource for physicists interested in the conceptual foundations of space-time theory. Tim Maudlin's broad historical overview examines Aristotelian and Newtonian accounts of space and time, and traces how Galileo's conceptions of relativity and space-time led to Einstein's special and general theories of relativity.
Tim Maudlin

2013.01.04

This is volume one of a two-volume survey of the philosophy of physics. The second volume of the series addresses foundational questions concerning the contemporary theory of matter, Quantum Mechanics. Here, in volume one, Maudlin is concerned with questions that lie at the foundation of space-time theories: What kinds of entities are presupposed by space-time theories, and what kind of structure do those entities or the space, time or space-time that they make up have? He surveys these questions in the context of the physics of Aristotle, through Galileo and Newton, to Special and General Relativity. He guides us through these theories in a way that carefully uncovers what he takes to be the answers to these questions in each context. The book covers a lot of familiar philosophical ground in philosophy of space and time. But it does so in a way that introduces the key background to contemporary debates.

This concise book introduces nonphysicists to the core philosophical issues surrounding the nature and structure of space and time, and is also an ideal resource for physicists interested in the conceptual foundations of space-time theory.
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This concise book introduces nonphysicists to the core philosophical issues surrounding the nature and structure of space and time, and is also an ideal resource for physicists interested in the conceptual foundations of space-time theory. - Philosophy of space and time is the branch of philosophy concerned with the issues surrounding the ontology , epistemology , and character of space and time.

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