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Fundamental Theories of Physics

Relativity and the Dimensionality of the World

Editors: Petkov, Vesselin (Ed.)

  • A physical approach to understanding the dimensionality of the world and the nature of spacetime
  • An important work on a vital contemporary topic – essential reading for physicists and philosophers
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All physicists would agree that one of the most fundamental problems of the 21st century physics is the dimensionality of the world. In the four-dimensional world of Minkowski (or Minkowski spacetime) the most challenging problem is the nature of the temporal dimension. In Minkowski spacetime it is merely one of the four dimensions, which means that it is entirely given like the other three spacial dimensions. If the temporal dimension were not given in its entirety and only one constantly changing moment of it existed, Minkowski spacetime would be reduced to the ordinary three-dimensional space.
But if the physical world, represented by Minkowski spacetime, is indeed four-dimensional with time being the fourth dimension, then such a world is drastically different from its image based on our perceptions. Minkowski four-dimensional world is a block Universe, a frozen world in which nothing happens since all moments of time are given ‘at once', which means that physical bodies are four-dimensional worldtubes containing the whole histories in time of the three-dimensional bodies of our everyday experience. The implications of a real Minkowski world for physics itself and especially for our world view are enormous.
The main focus of this volume is the question: is spacetime nothing more than a mathematical space (which describes the evolution in time of the ordinary three-dimensional world) or is it a mathematical model of a real four-dimensional world with time entirely given as the fourth dimension? It contains fourteen invited papers which either directly address the main question of the nature of spacetime or explore issues related to it.

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Physicists and philosophers

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • The Meaning of Dimensions

    Wesson, Paul S.

    Pages 1-11

  • Some Remarks on the Space-Time of Newton and Einstein

    Hall, Graham

    Pages 13-29

  • The Adventures of Space-Time

    Bertolami, Orfeu

    Pages 31-47

  • Physics in the Real Universe: Time and Space-Time

    Ellis, George F. R.

    Pages 49-79

  • The Real World and Space-Time

    Ohanian, Hans C.

    Pages 81-100

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Relativity and the Dimensionality of the World
Editors
  • Vesselin Petkov
Series Title
Fundamental Theories of Physics
Series Volume
153
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-6318-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-6318-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6317-6
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7606-9
Series ISSN
0168-1222
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 277
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