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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 concept

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ebook, 1st edition Princeton Foundations of Contemporary Philosophy, 183 pages
Published July 22nd 2012 by Princeton University Press
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Colin
A concise, accessible, enjoyable, responsible and rewarding survey of the historical development of the physicist's conception of space and time.

I say it's concise because this volume weighs in at about 200 pages and covers spatial/temporal geometries from Aristotle, Newton, Galileo and Einstein.

There's certainly a bit of math in the book, but not so much as to exclude the layperson. The descriptions and diagrams provided are about as clear as they can be, given the subject.

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Manuel
This is a wonderful book. I started reading it just to get a clearer picture on a couple of concepts of geometry, but the writing is so good that I kept turning the pages and eventually stuck with it to the end. The lessons on topology, transformations, and absolute space and time were just fantastic; I never knew something as commonsensical as Euclidean space would have so much involved. The book has 7 chapters, and the first 3 were easy, anyone can dive right in. Chapter 4, with the introducti ...more
Brian Tracz
This is a briskly paced survey of conceptual issues in physics, using light mathematics to illustrate the larger geometrical picture of space and time. Maudlin's writing style is dry but clear, and the material and its presentation are engaging. I found the discussion of the Newton/Leibniz dispute over absolute space to be quite illuminative, and it was interesting to see Maudlin parse out which conceptual facets of Relativity (Special and General) are truly a departure from Galilean space-time, ...more
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