Spacetime Physics

Author: Edwin F. Taylor,John Archibald Wheeler

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780716723271

Category: Science

Page: 312

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Written by two of the field's true pioneers, Spacetime Physics can extend and enhance coverage of specialty relativity in the classroom. This thoroughly up-to-date, highly accessible overview covers microgravity, collider accelerators, satellite probes, neutron detectors, radioastronomy, and pulsars. The chapter on general relativity with new material on gravity waves, black holes, and cosmology.

Information Theory Applied to Space-time Physics

Author: Henning F. Harmuth

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9789810212780

Category: Computers

Page: 306

View: 8498

The success of Newton's mechanic, Maxwell's electrodynamic, Einstein's theories of relativity, and quantum mechanics is a strong argument for the space-time continuum. Nevertheless, doubts have been expressed about the use of a continuum in a science squarely based on observation and measurement. An exact science requires that qualitative arguments must be reduced to quantitative statements. The observability of a continuum can be reduced from qualitative arguments to quantitative statements by means of information theory.Information theory was developed during the last decades within electrical communications, but it is almost unknown in physics. The closest approach to information theory in physics is the calculus of propositions, which has been used in books on the frontier of quantum mechanics and the general theory of relativity. Principles of information theory are discussed in this book. The ability to think readily in terms of a finite number of discrete samples is developed over many years of using information theory and digital computers, just as the ability to think readily in terms of a continuum is developed by long use of differential calculus.

Philosophy and Spacetime Physics

Author: Lawrence Sklar

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520061804

Category: Philosophy

Page: 335

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Twelve essays explore the philosophy of science in general and the physical sciences in particular


An Introduction to Spacetime Physics

Author: Steve Adams

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9780203018606

Category: Science

Page: 296

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Provides the essential principles and results of special relativity as required by undergraduates. The text uses a geometric interpretation of space-time so that a general theory is seen as a natural extension of the special theory. Although most results are derived from first principles, complex and distracting mathematics is avoided and all mathematical steps and formulae are fully explained and interpreted, often with explanatory diagrams.; The emphasis throughout the text is on understanding the physics of relativity. The structure of the book is designed to allow students of different courses to choose their own route through the short self-contained sections in each chapter. The latter part of the book shows how Einstein's theory of gravity is central to unraveling fundamental questions of cosmology.

Historical Epistemology of Space

From Primate Cognition to Spacetime Physics

Author: Matthias Schemmel

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319252410

Category: Science

Page: 117

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This monograph investigates the development of human spatial knowledge by analyzing its elementary structures and studying how it is further shaped by various societal conditions. By taking a thoroughly historical perspective on knowledge and integrating results from various disciplines, this work throws new light on long-standing problems in epistemology such as the relation between experience and preformed structures of cognition. What do the orientation of apes and the theory of relativity have to do with each other? Readers will learn how different forms of spatial thinking are related in a long-term history of knowledge. Scientific concepts of space such as Newton’s absolute space or Einstein’s curved spacetime are shown to be rooted in pre-scientific structures of knowledge, while at the same time enabling the integration of an ever expanding corpus of experiential knowledge. This work addresses all readers interested in questions of epistemology, in particular philosophers and historians of science. It integrates forms of spatial knowledge from disciplines including anthropology, developmental psychology and cognitive sciences, amongst others.

The Physics of Reality

Space, Time, Matter, Cosmos

Author: Richard L Amoroso,Louis H Kauffman,Peter Rowlands

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9814504793

Category: Science

Page: 552

View: 5841

A truly Galilean-class volume, this book introduces a new method in theory formation, completing the tools of epistemology. It covers a broad spectrum of theoretical and mathematical physics by researchers from over 20 nations from four continents. Like Vigier himself, the Vigier symposia are noted for addressing avant-garde, cutting-edge topics in contemporary physics. Among the six proceedings honoring J.-P. Vigier, this is perhaps the most exciting one as several important breakthroughs are introduced for the first time. The most interesting breakthrough in view of the recent NIST experimental violations of QED is a continuation of the pioneering work by Vigier on tight bound states in hydrogen. The new experimental protocol described not only promises empirical proof of large-scale extra dimensions in conjunction with avenues for testing string theory, but also implies the birth of the field of unified field mechanics, ushering in a new age of discovery. Work on quantum computing redefines the qubit in a manner that the uncertainty principle may be routinely violated. Other breakthroughs occur in the utility of quaternion algebra in extending our understanding of the nature of the fermionic singularity or point particle. There are several other discoveries of equal magnitude, making this volume a must-have acquisition for the library of any serious forward-looking researchers. Contents:Foundational PhysicsSpecial and General RelativityThermodynamics, Fields, and GravityQuantum MechanicsCosmology and Consciousness Readership: Students and professionals in physics. Keywords:Cosmology;Gravitation;Quantum Physics;Quaternions;Spacetime;ThermodynamicsKey Features:Prominent authors such as mathematician L H Kauffman and internationally renowned knot theorist Walter Schempp (the grandson of Kepler and an NMR pioneer)For nearly 20 years, the Vigier symposium has been internationally and uniquely known for its unbridled foray into cutting-edge topics that physicists want to address. This is because it believes that advancement in science does not occur by ‘hugging the status quo’This volume differs from the others especially in its unique treatment of historical dilemmas such as the nature of the singularity or point particle, the introduction of a relativistic qubit beyond the usual Bloch sphere model, and the studies of complex space and new cosmological models — to cite a few examples

Die Ordnung der Zeit

Author: Carlo Rovelli

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644000751

Category: Science

Page: 192

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Leben wir in der Zeit oder lebt die Zeit vielleicht nur in uns? Alle theoretischen Physiker von Weltrang, die den großen und kleinen Kräften des Universums nachspüren, beschäftigen sich immer wieder mit der entscheidenden Frage, was Zeit ist. Wenn ihre großen Modelle die Zeit zur Erklärung des Elementaren nicht mehr brauchen, wie kommt es dann, dass sie für unser Leben so wichtig ist? Geht es wirklich ohne sie? Carlo Rovelli gibt in diesem Buch überraschende Antworten. Er nimmt uns mit auf eine Reise durch unsere Vorstellungen der von der Zeit und spürt ihren Regeln und Rätseln nach. Ein großes, packend geschriebenes Lese-Abenteuer, ein würdiger Nachfolger des Welt-Bestsellers "Sieben kurze Lektionen über Physik".

Understanding Space-Time

The Philosophical Development of Physics from Newton to Einstein

Author: Robert DiSalle

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139452663

Category: Science

Page: N.A

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Presenting the history of space-time physics, from Newton to Einstein, as a philosophical development DiSalle reflects our increasing understanding of the connections between ideas of space and time and our physical knowledge. He suggests that philosophy's greatest impact on physics has come about, less by the influence of philosophical hypotheses, than by the philosophical analysis of concepts of space, time and motion, and the roles they play in our assumptions about physical objects and physical measurements. This way of thinking leads to interpretations of the work of Newton and Einstein and the connections between them. It also offers ways of looking at old questions about a priori knowledge, the physical interpretation of mathematics, and the nature of conceptual change. Understanding Space-Time will interest readers in philosophy, history and philosophy of science, and physics, as well as readers interested in the relations between physics and philosophy.

The Ontology of Spacetime II

Author: N.A

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 9780080569888

Category: Science

Page: 357

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The sixteen papers collected in this volume are expanded and revised versions of talks delivered at the Second International Conference on the Ontology of Spacetime, organized by the International Society for the Advanced Study of Spacetime (John Earman, President) at Concordia University (Montreal) from 9 to 11 June 2006. Most chapters are devoted to subjects directly relating to the ontology of spacetime. The book starts with four papers that discuss the ontological status of spacetime and the processes occurring in it from a point of view that is first of all conceptual and philosophical. The focus then slightly shifts in the five papers that follow, to considerations more directly involving technical considerations from relativity theory. After this, Time, Becoming and Change take centre stage in the next five papers. The book ends with two excursions into relatively uncharted territory: a consideration of the status of Kaluza-Klein theory, and an investigation of possible relations between the nature of spacetime and condensed matter physics, respectively. Space and time in present-day physics and philosophy Relatively low level of technicality, easily accessible Introduction from scratch of the debates surrounding time Broad spectrum of approaches, coherently represented

Geometric Algebra for Physicists

Author: Chris Doran,Anthony Lasenby

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139643142

Category: Science

Page: 578

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Geometric algebra is a powerful mathematical language with applications across a range of subjects in physics and engineering. This book is a complete guide to the current state of the subject with early chapters providing a self-contained introduction to geometric algebra. Topics covered include new techniques for handling rotations in arbitrary dimensions, and the links between rotations, bivectors and the structure of the Lie groups. Following chapters extend the concept of a complex analytic function theory to arbitrary dimensions, with applications in quantum theory and electromagnetism. Later chapters cover advanced topics such as non-Euclidean geometry, quantum entanglement, and gauge theories. Applications such as black holes and cosmic strings are also explored. It can be used as a graduate text for courses on the physical applications of geometric algebra and is also suitable for researchers working in the fields of relativity and quantum theory.

Supersymmetry and Its Applications

Superstrings, Anomalies and Supergravity

Author: G. W. Gibbons,Stephen W. Hawking

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 9780521307215

Category: Science

Page: 481

View: 602

This volume contains papers presented at the Nuffield Workshop on supersymmetry and its applications held at Cambridge in the summer of 1985 and attended by many of the leading experts in the field. In physical terms, supersymmetry is a symmetry or gauge invariance which connects bosons (particles with integer spin) with fermions (particles with half integer spin). The study of supersymmetry has led to the construction of Yang-Mills theories, which are the first field theories to be free of the divergences that usually occur in quantum theories, with an infinite number of degrees of freedom. It has also led to the construction of supergravity and superstring theories which seem to be the best hope for a complete unified theory of all physical interactions including gravity. Supersymmetry and its Applications reviews a number of recent advances in the area of anomalies, the topology of gauge theories, superstrings, supergravity and super Yang-Mills theory.The papers, written by both physicists and mathematicians, include both expository articles and progress reports describing most recent developments.

Relativitätstheorie anschaulich dargestellt

Gedankenexperimente Zeichnungen Bilder

Author: Lewis C. Epstein

Publisher: Birkhäuser

ISBN: 9783034850308

Category: Science

Page: 246

View: 1388

daß die abgebildete Flotte nach der Drehung in eine andere Richtung zeigt. Unsere richtige Um die in diesem Kapitel vor Raumflotte ändert ihre Bewe getragenen neuen Ideen zu gungsrichtung im Raum nicht, sammenzufassen und zu veran so daß sie nicht wirklich im schaulichen, stellen wir uns Raum gedreht werden konnte. vor, wir befänden uns auf einer Dennoch sieht es so aus, als sei Landebahn und beobachteten eine Drehung erfolgt, und tat ein Raumschiff, das mit einer sächlich ist dies auch der Fall, extrem hohen Geschwindig wenn es auch keine Drehung keit landet (Abb. 3.12). im Raum ist, aber darauf werde Wenn der Pilot des Raumschiffs ich im 5. Kapitel zurückkom beide Landekufen gleichzeitig men. ausfährt, beobachten wir, daß die hintere Kufe früher ausge fahren wurde als die vordere. Sollten wir hingegen feststel len, daß beide Kufen gleichzei tig den Boden berührt haben, dann hat für den Piloten die vordere Kufe den Boden vor der hinteren berührt. Während wir das Raumschiff in horizonta ler Lage landen sehen, sieht der Pilot sein Raumschiff bei ~~ ~:E't:::r:i :r~::r5~?> Beobodrte, j{ _____ -==_-==t=.' __ Abb.3.12 Der Beobachter sieht, daß die hintere Landekufe als erste aus gefahren wird, und zwar aus demselben Grund, aus dem er die Besatzung des hinteren Raumschiffs als erste essen sieht. Mit dem Aufsetzen auf dem Boden verhält es sich genau umgekehrt - der Beobachter mißt zwei Ereignisse als gleichzeitig, demnach kön nen sie für die Besatzung selbst nicht gleichzeitig sein.

Springer Handbook of Spacetime

Author: Abhay Ashtekar,Vesselin Petkov

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3642419925

Category: Science

Page: 950

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The Springer Handbook of Spacetime is dedicated to the ground-breaking paradigm shifts embodied in the two relativity theories, and describes in detail the profound reshaping of physical sciences they ushered in. It includes in a single volume chapters on foundations, on the underlying mathematics, on physical and astrophysical implications, experimental evidence and cosmological predictions, as well as chapters on efforts to unify general relativity and quantum physics. The Handbook can be used as a desk reference by researchers in a wide variety of fields, not only by specialists in relativity but also by researchers in related areas that either grew out of, or are deeply influenced by, the two relativity theories: cosmology, astronomy and astrophysics, high energy physics, quantum field theory, mathematics, and philosophy of science. It should also serve as a valuable resource for graduate students and young researchers entering these areas, and for instructors who teach courses on these subjects. The Handbook is divided into six parts. Part A: Introduction to Spacetime Structure. Part B: Foundational Issues. Part C: Spacetime Structure and Mathematics. Part D: Confronting Relativity theories with observations. Part E: General relativity and the universe. Part F: Spacetime beyond Einstein.

At the Frontier of Spacetime

Scalar-Tensor Theory, Bells Inequality, Machs Principle, Exotic Smoothness

Author: Torsten Asselmeyer-Maluga

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319312995

Category: Science

Page: 308

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In this book, leading theorists present new contributions and reviews addressing longstanding challenges and ongoing progress in spacetime physics. In the anniversary year of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, developed 100 years ago, this collection reflects the subsequent and continuing fruitful development of spacetime theories. The volume is published in honour of Carl Brans on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Carl H. Brans, who also contributes personally, is a creative and independent researcher and one of the founders of the scalar-tensor theory, also known as Jordan-Brans-Dicke theory. In the present book, much space is devoted to scalar-tensor theories. Since the beginning of the 1990s, Brans has worked on new models of spacetime, collectively known as exotic smoothness, a field largely established by him. In this Festschrift, one finds an outstanding and unique collection of articles about exotic smoothness. Also featured are Bell's inequality and Mach's principle. Personal memories and historical aspects round off the collection.

Quantum Fluctuations of Spacetime

Author: Lawrence B. Crowell

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9812565159

Category: Science

Page: 373

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Three key aspects of quantum gravity are considered in this book: phenomenology, potential experimental aspects and foundational theory. The phenomenology is the treatment of metric quantum fluctuations as torsional curves that deviate from classical expectations. This leads to possible experimental configurations that may detect such fluctuations. Most of these proposed experiments are quantum optical measurements of subtle quantum gravity effects in the interaction of photons and atoms. The foundational discussions attempt to find an substratum to string theories, which are motivated by the phenomenological treatment. Quantum gravity is not the quantization of general relativity, but is instead the embedding of quantum theory and gravitation into a more fundamental field theoretic framework.