Fundamental Theories of Physics

Space, Time, and Spacetime

Physical and Philosophical Implications of Minkowski's Unification of Space and Time

Editors: Petkov, Vesselin (Ed.)

  • Addresses some of the deepest questions in all of physics
  • Describes how other areas of physics are influenced by the choice of spacetime description
  • Features substantial contributions that provide overviews for newcomers to the area
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This volume is dedicated to the centennial anniversary of Minkowski's discovery of spacetime. It contains selected papers by physicists and philosophers on the Nature and Ontology of Spacetime. The first six papers, comprising Part I of the book, provide examples of the impact of Minkowski's spacetime representation of special relativity on the twentieth century physics. Part II also contains six papers which deal with implications of Minkowski's ideas for the philosophy of space and time. The last part is represented by two papers which explore the influence of Minkowski's ideas beyond the philosophy of space and time.

About the authors


Vesselin Petkov received a graduate degree in physics from Sofia University, a doctorate in philosophy from the Institute for Philosophical Research of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and a doctorate in physics from Concordia University. He taught at Sofia University and is currently teaching at Concordia University. He wrote the book "Relativity and the Nature of Spacetime" (Springer 2005) and edited the books "Relativity and the Dimensionality of the World" (Springer 2007), and "Minkowski Spacetime: A Hundred Years Later" (Springer, forthcoming). He is a member of the Governing Board of the International Society for the Advanced Study of Spacetime

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“This book has a valuable resource for anyone looking to learn about the philosophical issues surrounding space and time. In fact, this is the book that is usually read for classes on the topic. … The writing is lucid, and he weaves the various topics together very nicely.” (Philosophy, Religion and Science Book Reviews, bookinspections.wordpress.com, May, 2014)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • The Minkowskian Background of Whitehead’s Theory of Gravitation

    Desmet, Ronny

    Pages 3-24

  • The Experimental Verdict on Spacetime from Gravity Probe B

    Overduin, James

    Pages 25-59

  • Rigidity and the Ruler Hypothesis

    Lyle, Stephen N.

    Pages 61-106

  • Minkowski Space and Quantum Mechanics

    O’Hara, Paul

    Pages 107-127

  • Relativity and Quantum Field Theory

    Bain, Jonathan

    Pages 129-146

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Space, Time, and Spacetime
Book Subtitle
Physical and Philosophical Implications of Minkowski's Unification of Space and Time
Editors
  • Vesselin Petkov
Series Title
Fundamental Theories of Physics
Series Volume
167
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-13538-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-13538-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-13537-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-26491-7
Series ISSN
0168-1222
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 314
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