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The Frontiers Collection

Space, Time and the Limits of Human Understanding

Editors: Wuppuluri, Shyam, Ghirardi, Giancarlo (Eds.)

  • Foreword by John Stachel and Afterword by Noam Chomsky
  • Features leading authors from across the spectrum of scholarly inquiry 
  • All authors focus on clarity so as to reach both general readers and academics
  • Highly interdisciplinary collection facilitates a better understanding of space and time than any one perspective can provide
  • Triggers intuition and analogies across the disciplines
  • Essays are intentionally kept short so that the resulting "tapestry" can be appreciated as a whole
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About this book

In this compendium of essays, some of the world’s leading thinkers discuss their conceptions of space and time, as viewed through the lens of their own discipline. With an epilogue on the limits of human understanding, this volume hosts contributions from six or more diverse fields. It presumes only rudimentary background knowledge on the part of the reader.

Time and again, through the prism of intellect, humans have tried to diffract reality into various distinct, yet seamless, atomic, yet holistic, independent, yet interrelated disciplines and have attempted to study it contextually. Philosophers debate the paradoxes, or engage in meditations, dialogues and reflections on the content and nature of space and time. Physicists, too, have been trying to mold space and time to fit their notions concerning micro- and macro-worlds. Mathematicians focus on the abstract aspects of space, time and measurement. While cognitive scientists ponder over the perceptual and experiential facets of our consciousness of space and time, computer scientists theoretically and practically try to optimize the space-time complexities in storing and retrieving data/information. The list is never-ending. Linguists, logicians, artists, evolutionary biologists, geographers etc., all are trying to weave a web of understanding around the same duo. However, our endeavour into a world of such endless imagination is restrained by intellectual dilemmas such as: Can humans comprehend everything? Are there any limits? Can finite thought fathom infinity?

We have sought far and wide among the best minds to furnish articles that provide an overview of the above topics. We hope that, through this journey, a symphony of patterns and tapestry of intuitions will emerge, providing the reader with insights into the questions: What is Space? What is Time?

Chapter [15] of this book is available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. 


About the authors

Shyam Wuppuluri is working as a research associate for R. N. Podar institute.  A computer-science graduate, he has a long-standing interest in various areas of mathematics, theoretical physics, philosophy and cognitive science. 

GianCarlo Ghirardi served as the director of Theoretical physics at University of Trieste for more than two decades. He is now the President of the Consortium for Physics of the University of Trieste and Consultant and Member of the Academic Board of the ICTP, Trieste. GianCarlo made important contributions to the foundations of quantum mechanics, particularly through the GRW interpretation, proposed jointly with Rimini and Weber. He has authored many articles and books, and organized many conferences. An intellectual leader, he is a recipient of many honors, accolades and international awards.

Table of contents (39 chapters)

  • Space as a Source and as an Object of Knowledge: The Transformation of the Concept of Space in the Post-Kantian Philosophy of Geometry

    Biagioli, Francesca

    Pages 3-14

  • Time in Physics and Time in Awareness

    Sudarshan, E. C. G.

    Pages 15-21

  • Time and Space in Ancient India: Pre-philosophical Period

    Yanchevskaya, Nataliya (et al.)

    Pages 23-41

  • Śrīharṣa on the Indefinability of Time

    Duquette, Jonathan (et al.)

    Pages 43-60

  • From Time to Time

    Salmon, Nathan

    Pages 61-75

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  • ISBN 978-3-319-44417-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Space, Time and the Limits of Human Understanding
Editors
  • Shyam Wuppuluri
  • Giancarlo Ghirardi
Series Title
The Frontiers Collection
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-44418-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-44418-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-44417-8
Series ISSN
1612-3018
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 530
Number of Illustrations and Tables
51 b/w illustrations
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