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xiv, 183 p. : ill ; 23 cm.
  • Acknowledgments ix Introduction: The Aim and Structure of These Volumes xi Chapter One Classical Accounts of Space and Time 1 The Birth of Physics 1 Newton's First Law and Absolute Space 4 Absolute Time and the Persistence of Absolute Space 9 The Metaphysics of Absolute Space and Time 12 Chapter Two Evidence for Spatial and Temporal Structure 17 Newton's Second Law and the Bucket Experiment 17 Arithmetic, Geometry, and Coordinates 24 The Symmetries of Space and the Leibniz-Clarke Debate 34 Chapter Three Eliminating Unobservable Structure 47 Absolute Velocity and Galilean Relativity 47 Galilean Space-Time 54 Chapter Four Special Relativity 67 Special Relativity and Minkowski Space-Time 67 The Twins Paradox 77 Minkowski Straightedge, Minkowski Compass 83 Constructing Lorentz Coordinates 87 Chapter Five The Physics of Measurement 106 The Clock Hypothesis 106 Abstract Boosts and Physical Boosts 114 The "Constancy of the Speed of Light" 120 Deeper Accounts of Physical Principles 124 Chapter Six General Relativity 126 Curved Space and Curved Space-Time 126 Geometrizing Away Gravity 131 Black Holes and the Big Bang 140 The Hole Argument 146 Suggested Readings on General Relativity 152 Chapter Seven The Direction and Topology of Time 153 The Geometry of Time 153 Time Travel as a Technical Problem 162 The Direction of Time 165 Appendix: Some Problems in Special Relativistic Physics 171 References 177 Index 181.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691143095 20160609
This concise book introduces nonphysicists to the core philosophical issues surrounding the nature and structure of space and time, and is also an ideal resource for physicists interested in the conceptual foundations of space-time theory. Tim Maudlin's broad historical overview examines Aristotelian and Newtonian accounts of space and time, and traces how Galileo's conceptions of relativity and space-time led to Einstein's special and general theories of relativity. Maudlin explains special relativity with enough detail to solve concrete physical problems while presenting general relativity in more qualitative terms. Additional topics include the Twins Paradox, the physical aspects of the Lorentz-FitzGerald contraction, the constancy of the speed of light, time travel, the direction of time, and more. Introduces nonphysicists to the philosophical foundations of space-time theory Provides a broad historical overview, from Aristotle to Einstein Explains special relativity geometrically, emphasizing the intrinsic structure of space-time Covers the Twins Paradox, Galilean relativity, time travel, and more Requires only basic algebra and no formal knowledge of physics.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691143095 20160609
Engineering Library (Terman)
PHYSICS-95Q-01
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xviii, 461 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • 1. Bohr and Einstein: Einstein and Bohr-- 2. The peace before the quantum-- 3. A glance at relativity-- 4. The slow rise of the quantum-- 5. Bohr: what does it all mean?-- 6. Einstein's negative views-- 7. Bohm, Bell and experimental philosophy-- 8. A round-up of recent developments-- 9. Quantum information theory - an introduction-- 10. Bohr or Einstein?-- References-- Bibliography.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521671026 20160528
Quantum theory, the most successful physical theory of all time, provoked intense debate between the twentieth century's two greatest physicists, Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein. Quantum information theory has emerged from intensive study of the structure and interpretation of quantum theory to become one of the fastest growing areas of twenty-first century science. This second edition has been extensively revised and updated to cover recent developments, including the findings of papers published since the well-received first edition. A substantial new chapter is devoted to the development and structure of quantum information theory. Developments in the experimental and theoretical study of Bell's Theorem are also covered in detail, and the accounts of ongoing work have been brought up to date. A fascinating account of the development of quantum theory, this book will appeal to anyone with an interest in the fundamental questions of physics, its philosophy and its history.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521671026 20160528
Engineering Library (Terman), eReserve
PHYSICS-95Q-01
Book
148 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • 1. Correspondence with Robert Boyle [1679]-- 2. 'De Gravitatione' [c. 1685]-- 3. Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy [1687, first edition]-- 4. Correspondence with Richard Bentley [1692-3]-- 5. Correspondence with Leibniz [1693 and 1712]-- 6. Correspondence with Roger Cotes [1713]-- 7. 'An Account of the Book Entitled 'Commercium Epistolicum' [1715]-- 8. Queries to the Opticks [1721].
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521831222 20160528
Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) left a voluminous legacy of writings. Despite his influence on the early modern period, his correspondence, manuscripts, and publications in natural philosophy remain scattered throughout many disparate editions. In this volume, Newton's principal philosophical writings are for the first time collected in a single place. They include excerpts from the Principia and the Opticks, his famous correspondence with Boyle and with Bentley, and his equally significant correspondence with Leibniz, which is often ignored in favor of Leibniz's later debate with Samuel Clarke. Newton's exchanges with Leibniz place their different understandings of natural philosophy in sharp relief. The volume also includes 'De Gravitatione', offered here in a corrected translation, which is crucial for understanding Newton's relation to his great predecessor Descartes. In a historical and philosophical introduction, Andrew Janiak examines Newton's philosophical positions and his relations to canonical figures in early modern philosophy.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521831222 20160528
Engineering Library (Terman)
PHYSICS-95Q-01
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xxviii, 811 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Engineering Library (Terman), SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving), eReserve
PHYSICS-95Q-01