Philosophy of Physics: Space and Time
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
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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This is the sort of book Physicists, like Sean Carroll, read for "fun". The math is light and Maudlin uses a broad brush to paint the history of space-tim ...more
Maudlin offers clear explanations of the necessary components of each theory. However, some of the components explicitly skipped or left unaddressed could have been more smoothly transitioned, or even justified in greater detail. One issue specifically would be less his ...more