Philosophy of Physics: Space and Time

Philosophy of Physics Space and Time 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 conce

  • Title: Philosophy of Physics: Space and Time
  • Author: Tim Maudlin Scott Soames
  • ISBN: 9780691143095
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 conceptThis 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 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 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 .Introduces nonphysicists to the philosophical foundations of space time theoryProvides a broad historical overview, from Aristotle to EinsteinExplains special relativity geometrically, emphasizing the intrinsic structure of space timeCovers the Twins Paradox, Galilean relativity, time travel, and Requires only basic algebra and no formal knowledge of physicsTim 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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    1. This is a wonderful book. I started reading it just to get a clearer picture on a couple of concepts of geometry, but the writing is so good that I kept turning the pages and eventually stuck with it to the end. The lessons on topology, transformations, and absolute space and time were just fantastic; I never knew something as commonsensical as Euclidean space would have so much involved. The book has 7 chapters, and the first 3 were easy, anyone can dive right in. Chapter 4, with the introducti [...]

    2. Un excelente tratado de filosofía de la física, centrado en el concepto de espacio-tiempo. La exposición es buena, amena y muy rigurosa, lo que lo convierte en una lectura muy agradable. Presenta algunos puntos de vista sobre el significado de la relatividad especial que no se corresponden con la visión popular entre la mayoría de los físicos. Quizá lo mejor es la presentación de las ideas de espacio absoluto en mecánica clásica, y la parte dedicada a la relatividad especial. También [...]

    3. A concise, accessible, enjoyable, responsible and rewarding survey of the historical development of the physicist's conception of space and time.I say it's concise because this volume weighs in at about 200 pages and covers spatial/temporal geometries from Aristotle, Newton, Galileo and Einstein. There's certainly a bit of math in the book, but not so much as to exclude the layperson. The descriptions and diagrams provided are about as clear as they can be, given the subject.I say it's responsib [...]

    4. This is a briskly paced survey of conceptual issues in physics, using light mathematics to illustrate the larger geometrical picture of space and time. Maudlin's writing style is dry but clear, and the material and its presentation are engaging. I found the discussion of the Newton/Leibniz dispute over absolute space to be quite illuminative, and it was interesting to see Maudlin parse out which conceptual facets of Relativity (Special and General) are truly a departure from Galilean space-time, [...]

    5. Maudlin’s introduction to the Philosophy of Physics (Volume 1): Space & Time is a brief and somewhat concise account of the key historical theories of space and time, and a few core philosophical concerns with these theories. Maudlin offers clear explanations of the necessary components of each theory. However, some of the components explicitly skipped or left unaddressed could have been more smoothly transitioned, or even justified in greater detail. One issue specifically would be less h [...]

    6. Nice overview of the philosophy of physics without an analysis of time. Author doesn't cover relativity with the same clarity that he covers Aristotle and Newton.

    7. The book was not an easy read, but the author presented these difficult concepts (especially to the non-physicist reader) in a non-technical and easy to understand language.

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