The Principle of Relativity: With Applications to Physical Science (Classic Reprint)

The Principle of Relativity: With Applications to Physical Science (Classic Reprint)

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by Alfred North Whitehead
     
 

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The present work is an exposition of an alternative rendering of the theory of relativity. It takes its rise from that 'awakening from dogmatic slumber' - to use Kant's phrase - which we owe to Einstein and Minkowski. But it is not an attempt to expound either Einstein's earlier or

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Excerpt from The Principle of Relativity: With Applications to Physical Science

The present work is an exposition of an alternative rendering of the theory of relativity. It takes its rise from that 'awakening from dogmatic slumber' - to use Kant's phrase - which we owe to Einstein and Minkowski. But it is not an attempt to expound either Einstein's earlier or his later theory. The metrical formulae finally arrived at are those of the earlier theory, but the meanings ascribed to the algebraic symbols are entirely different. As the result of a consideration of the character of our knowledge in general, and of our knowledge of nature in particular, undertaken in Part I of this book and in my two previous works on this subject, I deduce that our experience requires and exhibits a basis of uniformity, and that in the case of nature this basis exhibits itself as the uniformity of spatio-temporal relations. This conclusion entirely cuts away the casual heterogeneity of these relations which is the essential of Einstein's later theory. It is this uniformity which is essential to my outlook, and not the Euclidean geometry which I adopt as lending itself to the simplest exposition of the facts of nature. I should be very willing to believe that each permanent space is either uniformly elliptic or uniformly hyperbolic, if any observations are more simply explained by such a hypothesis.

It is inherent in my theory to maintain the old division between physics and geometry.

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ISBN-13:
9781440073922
Publisher:
FB &c Ltd
Publication date:
06/12/2015
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

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