Item description for Relativity and the Nature of Spacetime (The Frontiers Collection) by Vesselin Petkov...
The most important question addressed in this book is "what is the nature (the ontological status) of spacetime?" or, equivalently, "what is the dimensionality of the world at the macroscopic level?" The answer to this question is developed via a thorough analysis of relativistic effects and explicitly asking whether the objects involved in those effects are three-dimensional or four-dimensional. This analysis clearly shows that if the world and the physical objects were three-dimensional, none of the kinematic relativistic effects and the experimental evidence supporting them would be possible. The implications of this result for physics, philosophy, and our entire world view are discussed.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.4" Width: 6.3" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date May 31, 2005
ISBN 3540238891 ISBN13 9783540238898
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More About Vesselin Petkov
Presently: Assistant Professor, Science College, Concordia University (in fact, I am associated with three departments - Liberal Arts College, Philosophy Department, and Science College)
1984 -1989: Adjunct Professor, Philosophy Department, Sofia University
1986 -1989: Researcher, Institute of Philosophy, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Doctoral degrees in theoretical physics (1997, Concordia University) and philosophy of science (1988, Institute of Philosophy, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences).
Reviews - What do customers think about Relativity and the Nature of Spacetime (The Frontiers Collection)?
Clear, deep, just excellent Aug 21, 2008
In almost all books about Special Relativity, the foundations are presented without explanation, just in a dogmatic way or as results of the disagreement between experience and theory and calculations start with students full of doubts, getting them crazy about of "what time is what?", "what velocity is what?, etc.
This book follows another totally different way, building Special Relativity step by step, using deep thinking and squeezing the internal coherence of the theoretical physics and comparing with experience, getting a grasp in the new ideas that is always desired.
Petkov develops new interpretations and shed new light to a subject that is usually presented as something rather bored, old fashioned and just a matter of academic exercise.
This way allows self learning and is ideal for teaching. The discussion of the implications of Galilean postulates is just beautiful and the philosophical implications are profound and coherent. I use this text when I teach Special Relativity and usually spend four or six hours discussing the ideas there presented and I am sure that my students not only can calculate but they know what they are calculating.
Dr. Carlos Leiva
A review Jan 13, 2008
I teach cosmology, therefore I found this book very useful. The examples and pictures are so suggestive that it its easy to understand almost every hard consequences of relativity.