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Relativity and the Nature of Spacetime

  • Vesselin Petkov

Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)

Table of contents

About this book

Introduction

The most important question that is 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.

Keywords

Existence Minkowski spacetime Relativity Time flow quantum mechanics

Authors and affiliations

  • Vesselin Petkov
    • 1
  1. 1.Concordia UniversityLiberal Arts CollegeMontrealCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/3-540-27700-5
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-23889-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-27700-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1612-3018
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