Zeno's Paradox: Unraveling the Ancient Mystery Behind the Science of Space and Time
The fascinating story of an ancient riddle?and what it reveals about the nature of time and space
Three millennia ago, the Greek philosopher Zeno constructed a series of logical paradoxes to prove that motion is impossible. Today, these paradoxes remain on the cutting edge of our investigations into the fabric of space and time. Zeno?s Paradox uses the motion paradox as a jumping-off point for an exploration of the twenty-five-hundred-year quest to uncover the true nature of the universe. From Galileo to Einstein to Stephen Hawking, some of the greatest minds in history have tackled the problem and made spectacular breakthroughs?but through it all, the paradox of motion remains.
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Preamble to the Paradoxes of Motion
Zenos Visit to Athens
The World Through Aristotles Eyes
Speed Becomes a Quantity
Galileo Galilei the Father or Modern Science
Dance of the Planets
A Step Back for Time
Descartes and the Magic of x and y
The Arrows Trajectory
Falling Toward the Enlightenment
The Speed of Light
The Spacetime Revolution
Oops Things Get Grainy Again
Theres No Next but Whats Next?
The One Stream
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