Relativity and the Nature of Spacetime / Edition 1

Relativity and the Nature of Spacetime / Edition 1

by Vesselin Petkov
     
 

ISBN-10: 3540238891

ISBN-13: 9783540238898

Pub. Date: 05/16/2005

Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC

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 question that is addressed in this book is "what is the nature of spacetime?" or, equivalently, "what is the dimensionality of the world at the macroscopic level?"

Develops answers to

Overview

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 question that is addressed in this book is "what is the nature of spacetime?" or, equivalently, "what is the dimensionality of the world at the macroscopic level?"

Develops answers to these questions via a thorough analysis of relativistic effects and explicitly asking whether the objects involved in those effects are three-dimensional or four-dimensional.

Discusses the implication of the result (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) for physics, philosophy, and our entire world view are discussed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783540238898
Publisher:
Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
Publication date:
05/16/2005
Series:
The Frontiers Collection Series
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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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.

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