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Philosophy of Physics: Space and Time

Philosophy of Physics: Space and Time

作者 : Tim Maudlin

出版社 : PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS

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定價 : NT 700

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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. Maudlin explains special relativity with enough detail to solve concrete physical problems while presenting general relativity in more qualitative terms. 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

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