## Space, Time and the Limits of Human UnderstandingIn this compendium of essays, some of the world’s leading thinkers discuss their conceptions of space and time, as viewed through the lens of their own discipline. With an epilogue on the limits of human understanding, this volume hosts contributions from six or more diverse fields. It presumes only rudimentary background knowledge on the part of the reader. Time and again, through the prism of intellect, humans have tried to diffract reality into various distinct, yet seamless, atomic, yet holistic, independent, yet interrelated disciplines and have attempted to study it contextually. Philosophers debate the paradoxes, or engage in meditations, dialogues and reflections on the content and nature of space and time. Physicists, too, have been trying to mold space and time to fit their notions concerning micro- and macro-worlds. Mathematicians focus on the abstract aspects of space, time and measurement. While cognitive scientists ponder over the perceptual and experiential facets of our consciousness of space and time, computer scientists theoretically and practically try to optimize the space-time complexities in storing and retrieving data/information. The list is never-ending. Linguists, logicians, artists, evolutionary biologists, geographers etc., all are trying to weave a web of understanding around the same duo. However, our endeavour into a world of such endless imagination is restrained by intellectual dilemmas such as: Can humans comprehend everything? Are there any limits? Can finite thought fathom infinity?
We have sought far and wide among the best minds to furnish articles that provide an overview of the above topics. We hope that, through this journey, a symphony of patterns and tapestry of intuitions will emerge, providing the reader with insights into the questions: What is Space? What is Time? Chapter [15] of this book is available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. |

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### Contents

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4 Śrīharṣa on the Indefinability of Time | 43 |

5 From Time to Time | 61 |

6 Why Spacetime Has a Life of Its Own | 76 |

22 Whats Wrong with the Platonic Ideal of Space and Time? | 278 |

23 The Fundamental Problem of Dynamics | 287 |

24 General Relativity Time and Determinism | 299 |

25 Topos Theoretic Approach to Space and Time | 313 |

BiologyCognitive Science | 325 |

26 Syntactic Space | 326 |

Human Understanding and Health Implications | 337 |

28 The Cellular SpaceThe Space of Life | 353 |

Husserl Sartre Derrida | 87 |

8 Space Time and How They Matter | 95 |

Quantum Theory and Probabilism | 109 |

Physics | 125 |

10 Natures Book Keeping System | 126 |

Facing the Ultimate Judge | 137 |

12 The Futures Not Ours to See | 149 |

13 Hermann Weyls SpaceTime Geometry and Its Impact on Theories of Fundamental Interactions | 158 |

A Unified Gravitational Perspective | 167 |

15 An Anomaly in Space and Time and the Origin of Dynamics | 184 |

16 Space Time and Adynamical Explanation in the Relational Blockworld | 203 |

17 Spacetime Is Doomed | 216 |

Mathematics | 228 |

18 Geometry and Physical Space | 229 |

19 The Geometry of Manifolds and the Perception of Space | 239 |

20 Paradox? the Mathematics of SpaceTime and the Limits of Human Understanding | 253 |

21 Now Has an Infinitesimal Positive Duration | 271 |

29 The Consciousness of Space the Space of Consciousness | 359 |

False Metaphors DeSynchronous Times and Internal Dynamics | 370 |

31 Evolutionary Time and the Creation of the Space of Life | 381 |

LogicComputer Science | 401 |

32 A Computational Mathematics View of Space Time and Complexity | 403 |

Space and Time in Charles Babbages Calculating Engines | 416 |

34 The Black Hole in Mathematics | 429 |

35 Gödel Incompleteness and the Empirical Sciences | 443 |

36 Gödels Ontological Dreams | 461 |

Miscellaneous | 477 |

Spatiotemporal Form and Discourse in Literary Cartography | 478 |

38 Time Space and the Human Geographies of Opportunity | 487 |

Experiencing Immersion | 502 |

Science Mind and Limits of Understanding | 513 |

Authors InformationAffiliationMailing Address and Email Information | 523 |

Titles in this Series | 527 |

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Space, Time and the Limits of Human Understanding Shyam Wuppuluri,Giancarlo Ghirardi No preview available - 2018 |

Space, Time and the Limits of Human Understanding Shyam Wuppuluri,Giancarlo Ghirardi No preview available - 2016 |