Reflections on Spacetime

Foundations, Philosophy, History

Editors: Majer, Ulrich, Schmidt, Heinz-Juergen (Eds.)

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REFLECTIONS ON SPACETIME - FOUNDATIONS, PHILOSOPHY AND HISTORY During the academic year 1992/93, an interdisciplinary research group constituted itself at the Zentrum fUr interdisziplinare Forschung (ZiF) in Bielefeld, Germany, under the title 'Semantical Aspects of Spacetime Theories', in which philosophers and physicists worked on topics in the interpretation and history of relativity theory. The present issue consists of contributions resulting from material presented and discussed in the group during the course of that year. The scope of the papers ranges from rather specialised issues arising from general relativity such as the problem of referential indeterminacy, to foundational questions regarding spacetime in the work of Carnap, Weyl and Hilbert. It is well known that the General Theory of Relativity (GTR) admits spacetime models which are 'exotic' in the sense that observers could travel into their own past. This poses a number of problems for the physical interpretation of GTR which are also relevant in the philosophy of spacetime. It is not enough to exclude these exotic models simply by stating that we live in a non-exotic universe, because it might be possible to "operate time machines" by actively changing the topology of the future part of spacetime. In his contribution, Earman first reviews the attempts of physicists to prove "chronology protection theorems" (CPTs) which exclude the operation of time machines under reasonable assumptions.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Outlawing Time Machines: Chronology Protection Theorems

    Pages 5-19

    Earman, John

  • A New Semantics for the Epistemology of Geometry I: Modeling Spacetime Structure

    Pages 21-40

    Coleman, Robert Alan (et al.)

  • A New Semantics for the Epistemology of Geometry II: Epistemological Completeness of Newton—Galilei and Einstein—Maxwell Theory

    Pages 41-69

    Coleman, Robert Alan (et al.)

  • A Minimal Interpretation of General Relativistic Spacetime Geometry

    Pages 71-82

    Schmidt, Heinz-Jürgen

  • Science without Reference?

    Pages 83-102

    Mühlhölzer, Felix

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reflections on Spacetime
Book Subtitle
Foundations, Philosophy, History
Editors
  • Ulrich Majer
  • Heinz-Juergen Schmidt
Copyright
1995
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-2872-0
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-2872-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-3712-6
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-4612-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
III, 165
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