The Frontiers Collection

Relativity and the Nature of Spacetime

Authors: Petkov, Vesselin

  • A must for all theoretical physicists and philosophers of science
  • Second edition is significantly expanded with new and strengthened arguments
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About this book

The most important question that is addressed in this book is "what is the nature (the ontological status) of spacetime?" or, equivalently, "what is the dimensionality of the world at the macroscopic level?" The answer to this question is developed via a thorough analysis of relativistic effects and explicitly asking whether the objects involved in those effects are three-dimensional or four-dimensional. This analysis clearly shows that if the world and the physical objects were three-dimensional, none of the kinematic relativistic effects and the experimental evidence supporting them would be possible. The implications of this result for physics, philosophy, and our entire world view are discussed. This new edition has been significantly expanded with new sections, appendices, notes and references. The arguments of the previous edition are strengthened; new developments in the field are presented and integrated to yield a thoroughly convincing and clear treatment.

About the authors

Presently: Assistant Professor, Science College, Concordia University (in fact, I am associated with three departments - Liberal Arts College, Philosophy Department, and Science College)

1984 -1989: Adjunct Professor, Philosophy Department, Sofia University

1986 -1989: Researcher, Institute of Philosophy, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Doctoral degrees in theoretical physics (1997, Concordia University) and philosophy of science (1988, Institute of Philosophy, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences).

Reviews

From the reviews of the second edition:

“The book under review is mainly devoted to the physical consequences of special relativity and to the unveiling of the very nature of spacetime. … The book is clear and well written and the bibliographic references are very good. It is recommended to physicists and to philosophers of science.” (Francesco Sorge, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2011 i)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Petkov, Vesselin

    Pages 1-9

  • On the Impossibility of Detecting Uniform Motion

    Petkov, Vesselin

    Pages 15-27

  • Exploring the Internal Logic of Galileo’s Principle of Relativity

    Petkov, Vesselin

    Pages 29-53

  • Relativity in Euclidean Space and in Spacetime

    Petkov, Vesselin

    Pages 55-116

  • Relativity and the Dimensionality of the World: Spacetime Is Real

    Petkov, Vesselin

    Pages 121-152

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Relativity and the Nature of Spacetime
Authors
Series Title
The Frontiers Collection
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-01962-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-01962-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-01952-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-24235-9
Series ISSN
1612-3018
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XIII, 316
Number of Illustrations and Tables
70 b/w illustrations
Topics