The Ontology of Spacetime II (Google eBook)

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Elsevier, Jun 17, 2008 - Science - 357 pages
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The sixteen papers collected in this volume are expanded and revised versions of talks delivered at the Second International Conference on the Ontology of Spacetime, organized by the International Society for the Advanced Study of Spacetime (John Earman, President) at Concordia University (Montreal) from 9 to 11 June 2006.
Most chapters are devoted to subjects directly relating to the ontology of spacetime.
The book starts with four papers that discuss the ontological status of spacetime and the processes occurring in it from a point of view that is first of all conceptual and philosophical. The focus then slightly shifts in the five papers that follow, to considerations more directly involving technical considerations from relativity theory. After this, Time, Becoming and Change take centre stage in the next five papers. The book ends with two excursions into relatively uncharted territory: a consideration of the status of Kaluza-Klein theory, and an investigation of possible relations between the nature of spacetime and condensed matter physics, respectively.

• Space and time in present-day physics and philosophy
• Relatively low level of technicality, easily accessible
• Introduction from scratch of the debates surrounding time
• Broad spectrum of approaches, coherently represented
  

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Contents

Chapter 3 Identity Spacetime and Cosmology
39
Chapter 4 Persistence and Multilocation in Spacetime
59
Chapter 5 Is Spacetime a Gravitational Field?
83
Chapter 6 Structural Aspects of SpaceTime Singularities
111
Chapter 7 Whos Afraid of Background Independence?
133
Chapter 8 Understanding Indeterminism
153
Chapter 9 Conventionality of Simultaneity and Reality
175
Chapter 10 Pruning Some Branches from Branching Spacetimes
187
Chapter 12 On Temporal Becoming Relativity and Quantum Mechanics
229
Chapter 13 Relativity the Passage of Time and the Cosmic Clock
245
From Time to Processes
255
Chapter 15 Mechanisms of Unification in KaluzaKlein Theory
275
Chapter 16 Condensed Matter Physics and the Nature of Spacetime
301
Subject Index
331
Author Index
337
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Gödel Proper Time and Becoming in Relativity Theory
207

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