Everywhere and Everywhen Adventures in Physics and Philosophy

ISBN-10: 0195379500

ISBN-13: 9780195379501

Edition: 2009

Authors: Nick Huggett

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Why does time pass and space does not? Are there just three dimensions? What is a quantum particle? Nick Huggett shows that philosophy -- armed with a power to analyze fundamental concepts and their relationship to the human experience -- has much to say about these profound questions about the universe. In Everywhere and Everywhen, Huggett charts a journey that peers into some of the oldest questions about the world, through some of the newest, such as: What shape is space? Does it have an edge? What is the difference between past and future? What is time in relativity? Is time travel possible? Are there other universes? Huggett shows that answers to these profound questions are not just reserved for physics, and that philosophy can not only address but help advance our view of our deepest questions about the universe, space, and time, and their implications for humanity. His lively, accessible introduction to these topics is suitable for a general reader with no previous exposure to these profound and exciting questions.
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Book details

List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/3/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

A Longish Introduction: The Problem of Change
Melissus's Paradox
What Is Change?
Laws
Spacetime Today
Zeno's Paradoxes
The Dichotomy Paradox
'Supertasks'
Zeno's Arrow Paradox
The Paradox
What Philosophy Can Teach Physics
The Shape of Space I: Topology
An End to Space?
Neither Bounded Nor Infinite
What Physics Can Teach Philosophy
Beyond the Third Dimension?
Multidimensional Life
More Than Three Dimensions?
Why Three Dimensions?
The Force of Gravity and the Dimensions of Space
Does Intelligent Life Take Three Dimensions?
Is the Universe Made for Humans?
The Megaverse
Philosophy in Physics
The Shape of Space II: Curved Space?
Mathematical Certainty
Life in Non-Euclidean Geometry
What Kind of Knowledge Is Geometry?
Looking for Geometry
Measuring the Geometry of Space?
The 'Geometry' of Poincar�'s Space
How to Disproved a Definition
Experiencing Space
Where Is Geometry?
What Is Space?
Space=Matter
Relational Space
Absolute Space
Relational Space Redux
What Physics and Philosophy Can Teach Each Other
Time
Time versus Space
Nowism
A Moving Now?
McTaggart's Argument
Passing Time in a Block Universe
Time and Tralfamadore
The Mind's Worldline
Experience of Space versus Time
Another Arrow
Physics and the Philosophy of Perception
Time Travel
What Is Time Travel?
Is Time Travel Possible?
The Problem with Time Travel
Possible and Impossible Time Travel
The Philosophy and Physics of Time Travel
Why Can't I Stop My Younger Self from Time Traveling?
Physics Might Stop Me�,
�and If Not, Logic Will
My Precise Physical State Stops Me
Living in a Physical Universe
Spacetime and the Theory of Relativity
Photons and Bullets
Convention
Relativity-When Is Now?
Relativistic Spacetime
Relativity of Length
Relativity of Time
Time in Relativity
The Twins
General Relativity
Time versus Space Yet Again
Einstein's Revolution in Philosophy
Hands and Mirrors
Is Handedness Intrinsic or Extrinsic?
The 'Fitting' Account
Kant's Argument Against the Fitting Account
Looking Left and Right
Mirrors
Orientability
Identity
Particle Statistics
Schr�dinger's Counting Games
Quarticles
New Counting Games
Hookon Identity
Indistinguishable Quarticles?
Quanta as Quarticles
Where Next?
Index
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