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Author Graves, John Cowperthwaite.

Title The conceptual foundations of contemporary relativity theory. / Foreword by John Archibald Wheeler
Published Cambridge, Mass. : M.I.T. Press, [1971]


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Description ix, 361 pages ; 24 cm
Contents pt. I. Philosophy. Introduction -- Scientific realism versus the empiricist error -- The logicist error -- The role of models -- pt. II. History. Conceptual geography and Plato -- Descartes' geometrization of physics -- Newtonianism and atomism -- pt. III. Physical theory: classical general relativity. Field theories -- Foundation principles of general relativity -- Measurement in general relativity -- The law of motion and the field law -- Approximations, dimensions, and empirical tests -- The conceptual novelty of general relativity: interdependence -- pt. IV. Physical theory: post-Einstein geometrodynamics. The new dynamics and the role of time -- The incorporation of the electromagnetic field -- The wormhole model -- Matter versus space: an answer to Mach -- pt. V. Unification. Epilogue
Summary The central conceptual idea of the contemporary theory of general relativity--or geometrodynamics--is the identification of matter with the structure of space-time. No entities foreign to space-time, like masses, charges, or independent fields are needed, and physics thus becomes identical with the geometry of space-time. This idea implies a philosophical description of the universe that is monistic and organic, characterized by an all-encompassing interdependence of events. Moreover, it is an idea with deep roots in the history of philosophy. For these reasons, the author of this important study strives to clarify these philosophical and historical issues before proceeding to the details of the physical theory of geometrodynamics
Analysis Physics Relativity Philosophical aspects
Notes Bibliography: p. 345-349
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 345-349
Subject Relativity (Physics)
Science -- Philosophy.
LC no. 77122257
ISBN 0262070405