Space, Time and Einstein

Space, Time and Einstein

by Sean Kennedy

ISBN-10: 077352472X

ISBN-13: 9780773524729

Pub. Date: 02/24/2003

Publisher: Mcgill-Queens University Press

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Mcgill-Queens University Press
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New Edition
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5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements
Pt. IEinstein's revolution1
1From Aristotle to Hiroshima3
2Einstein in a nutshell7
3The twin paradox31
4How to build an atomic bomb40
5The four-dimensional universe50
6Time travel is possible66
7Can the mind understand the world?71
Pt. IIPhilosophical progress75
8Who invented space?77
9Zeno's paradoxes: is motion impossible?92
10Philosophers at war: Newton vs. Leibniz104
11The philosophy of left and right126
12The unreality of time133
13General relativity: in space curved?139
14The fall of geometry: is mathematics certain?149
15The resurrection of absolutes159
16The resilience of space172
Pt. IIIFrontiers175
17Faster than light: was Einstein wrong?177
18The Big Bang: how did the universe begin?185
19Black holes: trapdoors to nowhere188
20Why haven't aliens come visiting?193
21The inflationary and accelerating universe197
22Should we believe the physicists?202
App. ASpacetime diagrams207
App. BSymmetry and Lorentz's minority interpretation222
App. CSimple formulas for special relativity225
App. D: Websites227
App. E: Guide to further reading229

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