Skip to content

Bangs, Crunches, Whimpers, and Shrieks Singularities and Acausalities in Relativistic Spacetimes

Spend $50 to get a free DVD!

ISBN-10: 019509591X

ISBN-13: 9780195095913

Edition: 1995

Authors: John Earman

List price: $140.00
Shipping box This item qualifies for FREE shipping.
Blue ribbon 30 day, 100% satisfaction guarantee!
what's this?
Rush Rewards U
Members Receive:
Carrot Coin icon
XP icon
You have reached 400 XP and carrot coins. That is the daily max!

Description:

This book is the first serious, book-length study of the philosophical implications of relativity. It explains the relevant technical issues of general relativity theory and discusses how these issues bear upon philosophical problems about the nature of space and time, causality and laws of nature. Features include an analysis of time travel, The Big Bang and the Horizon Problem, Eternal Recurrence and Cyclic Time amongst other much debated issues today which have been brought to light in the the face of a series of theorems, due largely to Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose. Written by a leading philosopher, this book provides an overview of the technical literature as well as analytical commentary on its philosophical significance.
Customers also bought

Book details

List price: $140.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/2/1995
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Introducing Spacetime Singularities and Acausalities
Introduction
Spacetime singularities: In the beginning
Einstein's intolerance of singularities
Acausality and time travel
Singularities and acausalities together
Defining, Characterizing, and Proving the Existence of Spacetime Singularities
Introduction
What is a spacetime singularity?
Extensions of Spacetimes
The received definition of singularities
The missing missing points
Naked singularities
What is a spacetime singularity (again)?
Singularity theorems
Singularities and quantum effects
Conclusion
Cosmic Censorship
Introduction
Cozying up to singularities
Naked singularities and cosmic censorship
The cosmic censorship hypothesis
Is the cosmic censorship hypothesis true?
Black hole evaporation
What if cosmic censorship should fail?
A dirty open secret
Conclusion
Supertasks
Introduction
Pitowsky spacetimes
Malament-Hogarth spacetimes
Paradoxes regained?
Characterization of Malament-Hogarth spacetimes
Supertasks in Malament-Hogarth spacetimes
Malament-Hogarth spacetimes and unresolved mathematical conjectures
Can [gamma subscript 1] carry out the assigned task?
Conclusion
Proofs of Lemma 4.2 and Equation 4.4
The Big Bang and the Horizon Problem
Introduction
Observability and light cones
What can we predict about the future?
Event and particle horizons
What is the horizon problem?
Reichenbach's principle of common cause
Particle horizons and common causes
Diagnosing the bellyache: Electromagnetism
Diagnosing the bellyache: Cosmic background radiation
Strategies for solving the horizon problem
Horizons in standard and inflationary models
Does inflation solve the horizon problem?
Conclusion
Time Travel
Introduction
Types of time travel; backward causation
The causal structure of relativistic spacetimes
Why take Godelian time travel seriously?
The paradoxes of time travel
Consistency constraints
Therapies for time travel malaise
Non self-interacting test fields
Self-interacting test fields
Can we build and operate a time machine?
Conclusion
Godel on the ideality of time
Eternal Recurrence, Cyclic Time, and All That
Introduction
Tolman on eternal recurrence
Extending through the big bang and the big crunch
Finding God in the big bang
No recurrence theorems
Cyclic time
Conclusion
Afterword
References
Index