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TitleUnderstanding space-time : the philosophical development of physics from Newton to Einstein / Robert DiSalle
ImprintCambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2006
Connect tohttps://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511487361
Descript 1 online resource (xiii, 173 pages) : digital, PDF file(s)

SUMMARY

Presenting the history of space-time physics, from Newton to Einstein, as a philosophical development DiSalle reflects our increasing understanding of the connections between ideas of space and time and our physical knowledge. He suggests that philosophy's greatest impact on physics has come about, less by the influence of philosophical hypotheses, than by the philosophical analysis of concepts of space, time and motion, and the roles they play in our assumptions about physical objects and physical measurements. This way of thinking leads to interpretations of the work of Newton and Einstein and the connections between them. It also offers ways of looking at old questions about a priori knowledge, the physical interpretation of mathematics, and the nature of conceptual change. Understanding Space-Time will interest readers in philosophy, history and philosophy of science, and physics, as well as readers interested in the relations between physics and philosophy


CONTENT

Absolute motion and the emergence of classical mechanics -- Empiricism and a priorism from Kant to Poincaré -- The origins and significance of relativity theory -- Conclusion


Space and time -- History



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