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Huggett, Nick
Everywhere and everywhen : adventures in physics and philosophy / Nick Huggett
Alternate Title Adventures in physics and philosophy
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 4th Floor  QC6 .H824 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Physics -- Philosophy
Physical Description xiii, 217 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Review "Why does time pass and space does not? Are there just three dimensions? What is a quantum particle? Nick Huggett shows that philosophy - armed with a power to analyze fundamental concepts and their relationship to the human experience - has much to say about these profound questions about the universe. In Everywhere and Everywhen, Huggett charts a journey that peers into some of the oldest questions about the world, through some of the newest, such as: What shape is space? Does it have an edge? What is the difference between past and future? What is time in relativity? Is time travel possible? Are there other universes?" "Huggett shows that answers to these profound questions are not just reserved for physics, and that philosophy can not only address but help advance our view of our deepest questions about the universe, space, and time, and their implications for humanity. His lively, accessible introduction to these topics is suitable for a general reader with no previous exposure to these profound and exciting questions."--BOOK JACKET
Contents A longish introduction : the problem of change -- Zeno's paradoxes -- Zeno's arrow paradox -- The shape of space I : topology -- Beyond the third dimension? -- Why three dimensions? -- The shape of space II : curved space? -- Looking for geometry -- What is space? -- Time -- Time and Tralfamadore -- Time travel -- Why can't I stop my younger self from time traveling? -- Spacetime and the theory of relativity -- Time in relativity -- Hands and mirrors -- Identity -- Quarticles -- Where next?

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