## Space, Time and Einstein: An IntroductionThis introduction to one of the liveliest and most popular fields in philosophy is written specifically for a beginning readership with no background in philosophy or science. Step-by-step analyses of the key arguments are provided and the philosophical heart of the issues is revealed without recourse to jargon, maths, or logical formulas. The book introduces Einstein's revolutionary ideas in a clear and simple way, along with the concepts and arguments of philosophers, both ancient and modern that have proved of lasting value. Specifically, the theories of the ancient Greek philosophers, Zeno, Euclid and Parmenides are considered alongside the ideas of Newton, Leibniz and Kant as well as the giants of twentieth-century physics, Einstein and Lorentz. The problems at the heart of the philosophy of space and time, such as change, motion, infinity, shape, and inflation, are examined and the seismic impact made by relativity theory and quantum theory is assessed in the light of the latest research. The writing is lucid and entertaining, allowing a beginning readership to grasp some difficult concepts while offering the more experienced reader a succinct and illuminating presentation of the state of the debate. "Space, Time and Einstein" shows the reader the excitement of scientific discovery and the beauty of theory in the search for answers to these fundamental questions. |

### Contents

Einstein ina nutshell | |

How to build an atomic bomb | |

The fourdimensional universe | |

Time travel ispossible | |

Can the mind understand the world? | |

8Who invented space? | |

is motion impossible? | |

Thephilosophy of left and right | |

The unreality of time | |

is space curved? | |

is mathematics certain? | |

how didthe universebegin? | |

Spacetime diagrams | |

Symmetry and Lorentzs minority interpretation | |

### Other editions - View all

### Common terms and phrases

A-series absolute space acceleration andthe angles argument Aristotle Aristotle«s astronomers atomists atoms atthe black holes block universe bodies bucket bucket argument cause coexist concavity contradiction curved space debates dilation dimensional distances and durations Einstein Einstein«s theory energy Euclid«s event ontology exist experiments explosion faster faster-than-light four-dimensional future galaxies garage geometry gravitational idea incongruent infinite infinity inthe invariant isno itis Leibniz length contraction Lorentz mainstream interpretation mass mathematicians mathematics McTaggart measurements metaphysics minority interpretation motion moving inertially Newton objects observations ofspace ofthe onthe ontology ordinary particles past philosophers philosophy of space physicists physics plane of simultaneity predictions premise problem of change properties quantum theory reality relativity of simultaneity relativity theory rulers and clocks sense simply spaceand spaceship spacetime interval special relativity speed of light stars substances Suppose symmetry thatthe theory of relativity thereis thesame things Thisis tothe University Press withthe worldline Zeno«s paradoxes