9780262581691

Space from Zeno to Einstein : Classic Readings with a Contemporary Commentary

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    9780262581691

  • ISBN10:

    0262581698

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-04-23
  • Publisher: Bradford Books
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Summary

Learning through original texts can be a powerful heuristic tool. This book collects a dozen classic readings that are generally accepted as the most significant contributions to the philosophy of space. The readings have been selected both on the basis of their relevance to recent debates on the nature of space and on the extent to which they carry premonitions of contemporary physics. In his detailed commentaries, Nick Huggett weaves together the readings and links them to our modern understanding of the subject. Together the readings indicate the general historical development of the concept of space, and in his commentaries Huggett explains their logical relations. He also uses our contemporary understanding of space to help clarify the key ideas of the texts. One goal is to prepare the reader (both scientist and nonscientist) to learn and understand relativity theory, the basis of our current understanding of space. The readings are by Zeno, Plato, Aristotle, Euclid, Descartes, Newton, Leibniz, Clarke, Berkeley, Kant, Mach, Poincaré, and Einstein.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Plato
1(14)
Reading: Timaeus
1(2)
Commentary and Introduction
3(12)
Euclid
15(14)
Reading: The Elements
15(6)
Commentary
21(8)
Zeno
29(24)
Reading: Plato's Parmenides
29(2)
Reading: Aristotle and Simplicius on Zeno's Paradoxes
31(6)
Commentary
37(16)
Aristotle
53(32)
Reading: Physics
53(8)
Reading: On the Heavens
61(11)
Commentary
72(13)
The Aristotelian Tradition
85(6)
Descartes
91(16)
Reading: The Principles of Philosophy
91(8)
Commentary
99(8)
Newton
107(36)
Reading: On the Gravity and Equilibrium of Fluids (De Gravitatione)
107(9)
Reading: The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy (The Principia)
116(10)
Commentary
126(17)
Leibniz and Clarke
143(26)
Reading: The Leibniz-Clarke Correspondence
143(16)
Commentary
159(10)
Berkeley and Mach
169(20)
Reading: Berkeley's De Motu
169(5)
Reading: Mach's The Science of Mechanics
174(7)
Commentary
181(8)
Space-Time
189(8)
Kant and Handedness
197(16)
Reading: Concerning the Ultimate Foundation of the Differentiation of Regions in Space
197(6)
Commentary
203(10)
Kant and Geometry
213(22)
Reading: The Critique of Pure Reason
213(8)
Commentary
221(14)
Poincare
235(18)
Reading: Space and Geometry
235(6)
Reading: Experiment and Geometry
241(2)
Commentary
243(10)
Einstein
253(14)
Reading: The Problem of Space, Ether, and the Field in Physics
253(8)
Commentary
261(6)
Index 267

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