Space from Zeno to Einstein: Classic Readings with a Contemporary Commentary / Edition 1 available in Paperback
Learning through original texts can be a powerful heuristic tool. This book collects a dozen classic readings that are generally accepted as the most significant contributions to the philosophy of space. The readings have been selected both on the basis of their relevance to recent debates on the nature of space and on the extent to which they carry premonitions of contemporary physics. In his detailed commentaries, Nick Huggett weaves together the readings and links them to our modern understanding of the subject. Together the readings indicate the general historical development of the concept of space, and in his commentaries Huggett explains their logical relations. He also uses our contemporary understanding of space to help clarify the key ideas of the texts. One goal is to prepare the reader (both scientist and nonscientist) to learn and understand relativity theory, the basis of our current understanding of space. The readings are by Zeno, Plato, Aristotle, Euclid, Descartes, Newton, Leibniz, Clarke, Berkeley, Kant, Mach, Poincaré, and Einstein.
Table of ContentsPreface
Commentary and Introduction
Reading: The Elements
Reading: Plato's Parmenides
Reading: Aristotle and Simplicius on Zeno's ParadoXes
Reading: On the Heavens
5 The Aristotelian Tradition
Reading: The Principles of Philosophy
Reading: On the Gravity and Equilibrium of Fluids (De
Reading: The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy
8 Leibniz and Clarke
Reading: The LeibnizClarke Correspondence
9 Berkeley and Mach
Reading: Berkeley's De Motu
reading: Mach's The Science of Mechanics
11 Kant and Handedness
Reading: Concerning the Ultimate Foundation of the
Differentiation of Regions in Space
12 Kant and Geometry
Reading: The Critique of Pure Reason
Reading: Space and Geometry
Reading: EXperiment and Geometry
Reading: The Problem of Space, Ether, and the Field in
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More than just a sophisticated introduction to the historical debates about space, this book will serve as an excellent text for any philosophy of science class, as well as a valuable resource for researchers in the field. Huggett deftly separates the many philosophical issues involved in the study of space, introducing them systematically with well-chosen readings accompanied by clear and philosophically astute commentaries.
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More than just a sophisticated introduction to the historical debates about space, this book will serve as an excellent text for any philosophy of science class, as well as a valuable resource for researchers in the field. Huggett deftly separates the many philosophical issues involved in the study of space, introducing them systematically with well-chosen readings accompanied by clear and philosophically astute commentaries.Ned Hall, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, MIT
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