ONLINE BOOK Space from Zeno to Einstein Classic Readings with a Contemporary Commentary author Nick Huggett – internet–games.us
O that that a fair treatment of Relativity was outside the scope of the book which is understandable since the theory is so packed with new information it would have doubled perhaps the size of the book All in all however this is a truly worthwhile work and
I recommend it to anybody who is interested in the intersection between philosophy geometry mathematics and physics Excellent recommend it to anybody who is interested in the intersection between philosophy geometry mathematics and physics Excellent to three major uestions 1 what is space 2 how can we now the geometry of space 3 what role does IT HAVE IN PHYSICS MECHANICS KEY have in physics mechanics Key until Einstein collated and explained very well Highly recommended I just wish he d continued to explain special relativity and general relativity as well. Porary understanding of space to help clarify the ey 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 Poincar' and Einste. As an introductory book on the philosophy of space this book does an outstanding job I learned so much from it and truly enjoyed the journey through the history of ideas regarding space and time The book consists of readings from original authors from Plato to Newton to Einstein followed by a detailed commentary of that reading with some mathematical rigour where needed The commentaries are a goldmine They not only explain in modern language the old philosopher s point of view what uestions and a goldmine They not only explain in modern language the old philosopher s point of view what uestions and he had in mind but they also challenge that POV and end with a series of challenges for the reader in the form of problems like in a textbook Some of the things I learned for inst. Learning through original texts can be a powerful heuristic tool This book collects dozen classic readings that are generally 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 car. Ance are that Zeno s paradoxes
appear not to be definitively solved by modern calculus I thought they were and that metric to be definitively solved modern calculus I thought they were and that metric such as length or distance need to be added to the properties of points since the latter alone cannot explain the emergence of the former In addition I learned that the controversy over the absolute vs relational nature of space is still ongoing despite Einstein s theory of relativity The author points out several times that relational is not synonymous with relative that is in Einstein s sense The only minor shortcoming of the book is in its treatment of Relativity at the end it is too short Then again the author did warn the reader before coming Ry 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 contem.