Everywhere and Everywhen: Adventures in Physics and Philosophy

Paperback | March 3, 2010

byNick Huggett

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Why does time pass and space does not? Are there just three dimensions? What is a quantum particle? Nick Huggett shows that philosophy - armed with a power to analyze fundamental concepts and their relationship to the human experience - has much to say about these profound questions aboutthe universe. In Everywhere and Everywhen, Huggett charts a journey that peers into some of the oldest questions about the world, through some of the newest, such as: What shape is space? Does it have an edge? What is the difference between past and future? What is time in relativity? Is time travelpossible? Are there other universes? Huggett shows that answers to these profound questions are not just reserved for physics, and that philosophy can not only address but help advance our view of our deepest questions about the universe, space, and time, and their implications for humanity. His lively, accessible introduction tothese topics is suitable for a general reader with no previous exposure to these profound and exciting questions.

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Why does time pass and space does not? Are there just three dimensions? What is a quantum particle? Nick Huggett shows that philosophy - armed with a power to analyze fundamental concepts and their relationship to the human experience - has much to say about these profound questions aboutthe universe. In Everywhere and Everywhen, Hu...

Nick Huggett is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois Chicago.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 1.1 inPublished:March 3, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. A Longish Introduction: The Problem of Change1.1 Melissus's Paradox1.2 What is Change?1.3 Laws1.4 Spacetime Today2. Zeno's Paradoxes2.1 The Dichotomy Paradox2.2 'Supertasks'3. Zeno's Arrow Paradox3.1 The Paradox3.2 What Philosophy Can Teach Physics4. The Shape of Space I-Topology4.1 An End to Space?4.2 Neither Bounded Nor Infinite4.3 What Physics Can Teach Philosophy5. Beyond the Third Dimension?5.1 Multi-Dimensional Life5.2 More Than Three Dimensions?6. Why Three Dimensions?6.1 The Force of Gravity and the Dimensions of Space6.2 Does Intelligent Life Take Three Dimensions?6.3 Is the Universe Made for Humans?6.4 The Megaverse6.5 Philosophy in Physics7. The Shape of Space II-Curved Space?7.1 Mathematical Certainty7.2 Life in Non-Euclidean Geometry7.3 What Kind of Knowledge is Geometry?8. Looking For Geometry8.1 Measuring the Geometry of Space?8.2 The 'Geometry' of Poincar'e's Space8.3 How to Disprove a Definition8.4 Experiencing Space8.5 Where is Geometry?9. What is Space?9.1 Space=Matter9.2 Relational Space9.3 Absolute Space9.4 Relational Space Redux9.5 What Physics and Philosophy Can Teach Each Other10. Time10.1 Time vs. Space10.2 Nowism10.3 A Moving Now?10.4 McTaggart's Argument10.5 Passing Time in a Block Universe11. Time and Tralfamadore11.1 The Mind's Worldline11.2 Experience of Space vs. Time11.3 Another Arrow11.4 Physics and the Philosophy of Perception12. Time Travel12.1 What is Time Travel?12.2 Is Time Travel Possible?12.3 The Problem with Time Travel12.4 Possible and Impossible Time Travel12.5 The Philosophy and Physics of Time Travel13. Why Can't I Stop my Younger Self from Time Traveling?13.1 Physics Might Stop Me13.2 . . . and If Not, Logic Will13.3 My Precise Physical State Stops Me13.4 Living in a Physical Universe14. Spacetime and the Theory of Relativity14.1 Photons and Bullets14.2 Convention14.3 Relativity-When is Now?14.4 Relativistic Spacetime14.5 Relativity of Length14.6 Relativity of Time15. Time in Relativity15.1 The Twins15.2 General Relativity15.3 Time vs. Space Yet Again15.4 Einstein's Revolution in Philosophy16. Hands and Mirrors16.1 Is Handedness Intrinsic or Extrinsic?16.2 The 'Fitting' Account16.3 Kant's Argument against the Fitting Account16.4 Looking Left and Right16.5 Mirrors; 16.6 Orientability17. Identity17.1 Particle Statistics17.2 Schr"odinger's Counting Games18. Quarticles18.1 New Counting Games18.2 Hookon Identity18.3 Indistinguishable Quarticles?18.4 Quanta as Quarticles19. Where Next?