Travels in Four Dimensions: The Enigmas of Space and Time / Edition 1

Travels in Four Dimensions: The Enigmas of Space and Time / Edition 1

by Robin Le Poidevin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198752555

ISBN-13: 9780198752554

Pub. Date: 02/17/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Space and time are the most fundamental features of our experience, and yet they are also the most puzzling. Did time have a beginning? Is there space beyond the universe? Would time go on if everything else stopped? Could space exist with nothing in it? Might time travel be possible? Are there parallel worlds? Could time go backwards? Is there a fourth dimension of…  See more details below

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Space and time are the most fundamental features of our experience, and yet they are also the most puzzling. Did time have a beginning? Is there space beyond the universe? Would time go on if everything else stopped? Could space exist with nothing in it? Might time travel be possible? Are there parallel worlds? Could time go backwards? Is there a fourth dimension of space? Are space and time just the constructions of our minds? Robin Le Poidevin provides a clear, witty, and stimulating guide through these and many other puzzles and paradoxes. Drawing on a variety of examples from science, history, and literature, he gives a vivid sense of the difficulties raised by our ordinary ideas of space and time, and equips us to think about these problems for ourselves. No prior knowledge of science or philosophy is required to enjoy this book. The universe might seem very different after reading it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198752554
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/17/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
303
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

1The Measure of All Things1
2Change13
3A Box with No Sides?30
4Curves and Dimensions52
5The Beginning and End of Time73
6The Edge of Space89
7Infinity and Paradox101
8Does Time Pass?122
9The Cinematic Universe148
10Interfering with History164
11Other Times and Spaces185
12The Arrows of Time202
Concluding Thoughts234
Mr. Dunne's Dream and Other Problems248
Further Reading255
Bibliography263
Index269

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