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Relativity and the Nature of Spacetime

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The most important question that is addressed in this book is "what is the nature (the ontological status) of spacetime?" or, equivalently, "what is the dimensionality of the world at the macroscopic level?" The answer to this question is developed via a thorough analysis of relativistic effects and explicitly asking whether the objects involved in those effects are three-dimensional or four-dimensional. This analysis clearly shows that if the world and the physical objects were three-dimensional, none of the kinematic relativistic effects and the experimental evidence supporting them would be possible. The implications of this result for physics, philosophy, and our entire world view are discussed. This new edition has been significantly expanded with new sections, appendices, notes and references. The arguments of the previous edition are strengthened; new developments in the field are presented and integrated to yield a thoroughly convincing and clear treatment.

Table of Contents

Introduction.- On the Impossibility of Detecting Uniform Motion.- Exploring the Internal Logic of Galileo's Principle of Relativity.- Relativity in Euclidean Space and in Spacetime.- Relativity and the Dimensionality of the World: Spacetime Is Real.- Quantum Mechanics and the Nature of Spacetime.- The Nature of Spacetime and the Validity of Scientific Theories.- Propagation of Light in Non-inertial Reference Frames.- Calculating the Electric Field of a Charge in a Non-inertial Reference Frame.- Inertia as a Manifestation of the Reality of Spacetime.- Appendices.- References.- Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9783642019623
Publisher:
Springer
Subject:
Relativity
Creator:
Vesselin Petkov
Author:
Vesselin Petkov
Author:
Petkov, Vesselin
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mathematical Physics
Subject:
Physics-General
Subject:
Physics-Relativity Theory
Subject:
Gravity
Subject:
Existence
Subject:
Minkowski spacetime
Subject:
Time flow
Subject:
Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
mathematical methods in physics
Subject:
Mathematical Methods in Physics <P>This is not a typical book on relativity. It puts the emphasis on conceptual questions: Why is there no such thing as absolute motion? What is the physical meaning of relativity of simultaneity? But, the most important q
Subject:
Mathematical Methods in Physics <P>This is not a typical book on relativity. It puts the emphasis on conceptual questions: Why is there no such thing as absolute motion? What is the physical meaning of relativity of simultaneity? But, the most important q
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20090801
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
316

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