The Invention of Time and Space

Origins, Definitions, Nature, Properties

  • Patrice F.¬†Dassonville

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  1. Front Matter
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About this book


This investigation of time and space is motivated by gaps in our current understanding: by the lack of definitions, by our failure to appreciate the nature of these entities, by our inability to pin down their properties.

The author's approach is based on two key ideas: The first idea is to seek the geo-historical origins of time and space concepts. A thorough investigation of a diversified archaeological corpus, allows him to draft coherent definitions; it furthermore gives clues as to whether time and space were discovered or invented. The second idea is to define the units before trying to define space and time.

The results presented here are unexpected: Time and space were not discovered in nature, but they were invented; time is not a phenomenon and space has no materiality; they are only concepts. This runs contrary to the opinion of most scientific and the philosophical authorities, although one would seek in vain for a theoretical validation of the conventional position. This book will provide much food for thought for philosophers and scientists, as well as interested general readers.


History of conception of time Time phenomena Philosophies of time Materiality of space Definition of time and space Definition of spacetime Nature of time and space Definition of the second and the meter Origins (of time and space)

Authors and affiliations

  • Patrice F.¬†Dassonville
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  1. 1.CannesFrance

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-46039-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-46040-6
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