Relativity without Spacetime

Authors: Cosgrove, Joseph

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  • One of the first critical studies on the theory of geometrically merged space and time in Einstein's theory of relativity
  • Analyzes mathematical representation in physics historically
  • Applies Jacob Klein's seminal scholarship on the modern symbolic concept of number to a theory of physics
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In 1908, three years after Einstein first published his special theory of relativity, the mathematician Hermann Minkowski introduced his four-dimensional “spacetime” interpretation of the theory. Einstein initially dismissed Minkowski’s theory, remarking that “since the mathematicians have invaded the theory of relativity I do not understand it myself anymore.” Yet Minkowski’s theory soon found wide acceptance among physicists, including eventually Einstein himself, whose conversion to Minkowski’s way of thinking was engendered by the realization that he could profitably employ it for the formulation of his new theory of gravity. The validity of Minkowski’s mathematical “merging” of space and time has rarely been questioned by either physicists or philosophers since Einstein incorporated it into his theory of gravity.  Physicists often employ Minkowski spacetime with little regard to the whether it provides a true account of the physical world as opposed to a useful mathematical tool in the theory of relativity. Philosophers sometimes treat the philosophy of space and time as if it were a mere appendix to Minkowski’s theory. In this critical study, Joseph Cosgrove subjects the concept of spacetime to a comprehensive examination and concludes that Einstein’s initial assessment of Minkowksi was essentially correct.


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Joseph K. Cosgrove is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Providence College in Rhode Island, USA.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Relativity without Spacetime
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-72631-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-72631-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-72630-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-10240-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 193
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations
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