Zeno's Paradoxes

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Wesley C. Salmon
Hackett Publishing, 2001 - Science - 317 pages

A reprint of the Bobbs-Merrill edition of 1970.

These essays lead the reader through the land of the wonderful shrinking genie to the warehouse where the infinity machines are kept. By careful examination of a lamp that is switched on and off infinitely many times, or the workings of a machine that prints out an infinite decimal expansion of pi, we begin to understand how it is possible for Achilles to overtake the tortoise. The concepts that form the basis of modern science---space, time, motion, change, infinity---are examined and explored in this edition. Includes an updated bibliography.

 

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Contents

ABNER SHIMONY
1
The Problem of Infinity Considered Historically
45
HENRI BERGSON
59
J O WISDOM
82
PAUL BENACERRAF
103
Comments on Professor Benacerrafs Paper
130
Modern Science and Refutation of the Paradoxes of Zeno
164
Modern Science and Zenos Paradoxes of Motion
200
Sets and Infinity
251
Bibliography
269
Index
291
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Wesley C. Salmon is University Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh.

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