Relativity and the Nature of Spacetime by Vesselin PetkovRelativity and the Nature of Spacetime by Vesselin Petkov

Relativity and the Nature of Spacetime

byVesselin Petkov

Hardcover | July 9, 2009

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This expanded second edition of Relativity and the Nature of Spacetime c- tains several major changes and a number of additions to different ch- ters. Two chapters (Chaps. 6 and 7), which discussed two speci?c groups of arguments against the reality of spacetime, have been transformed into - pendices (A and B). Two new chapters (Chaps. 6 and 10) have been added. Chapter 6, entitled Why Is the Issue of the Nature of Spacetime So Imp- tant?, elaborates on what was Sect. 5. 6 of the ?rst edition, and addresses some recent work on the nature of spacetime - for example, the growing (or evolving) block universe model of the world, which has recently been - vived by several physicists as what appears to be the last remaining alter- tive to the Minkowski absolute four-dimensional world (after it had become an undeniable fact that three-dimensionalism, or presentism, contradicts the relativistic experimental evidence). Chapter 10, entitled Spacetime and the Nature of Quantum Objects and based on what used to be Sects. 6. 2 and 6. 3 in the ?rst edition, explores the implications of the issue of the nature of spacetime for quantum physics, in order to see whether it can provide some insight into the nature of quantum objects. Two new sections have been included, namely, Sect. 5. 6 entitled Re- tivization of Existence and Observers in General Relativity and Sect. 7. 6 - titled Probing the Anisotropic Velocity of Light by a Terrestrial Experiment.
Presently: Assistant Professor, Science College, Concordia University (in fact, I am associated with three departments - Liberal Arts College, Philosophy Department, and Science College)1984 -1989: Adjunct Professor, Philosophy Department, Sofia University1986 -1989: Researcher, Institute of Philosophy, Bulgarian Academy of SciencesDoc...
Title:Relativity and the Nature of SpacetimeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:316 pagesPublished:July 9, 2009Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3642019528

ISBN - 13:9783642019524


Table of Contents

I From Galileo to Minkowski.- On the Impossibility of Detecting Uniform Motion.- Exploring the Internal Logic of Galileo#x2019;s Principle of Relativity.- Relativity in Euclidean Space and in Spacetime.- II On the Nature of Spacetime:.- Relativity and the Dimensionality of the World: Spacetime Is Real.- Why Is the Issue of the Nature of Spacetime So Important?.- III Implications of the Reality of Spacetime for Physics.- 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.- Spacetime and the Nature of Quantum Objects.- Appendix A, Appendix B, Appendix C, Appendix D.

Editorial Reviews

From the reviews of the second edition:"The book under review is mainly devoted to the physical consequences of special relativity and to the unveiling of the very nature of spacetime. . The book is clear and well written and the bibliographic references are very good. It is recommended to physicists and to philosophers of science." (Francesco Sorge, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2011 i)