9780253220868

The Speed of Light

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  • ISBN13:

    9780253220868

  • ISBN10:

    0253220866

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/15/2009
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr
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Summary

Light - our experience of light, our measurement of light, and the notion that light speed is constant - can be understood to mark our interface with the cosmos. David A. Grandy's book moves from the scientific to the existential, from Einstein to Merleau-Ponty, from light as a phenomenon to light as that which is constitutive of reality. To measure the speed of light is to measure something about the way we are measured or blended into the cosmos, and that universal blending predetermines our measurement of light speed in favour of a universal or constant value. It's quite a trip, one aimed at scientists who have pondered light speed constancy, philosophers inclined to question the idea that mind and world are distinct, and scientifically or philosophically inclined persons who enjoy stretching themselves in new ways.

Author Biography

David A. Grandy is Professor of Philosophy at Brigham Young University and author (with Dan Burton) of Magic, Mystery, and Science (IUP, 2004) and Leo Szilard: Science as a Mode of Being. He lives in Orem, Utah.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Space, Time, and Light Speed Constancy
Special Relativity
Horizontal Light
Experiential Light
Relational Light
Internal Relations
Light in a Vacuum
Ambient Light
Pre-reflective Experience
Body, World, and Light
Existential Light
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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