Description 
xiv, 183 p. : ill. ; 22 cm. 
Series 
Princeton foundations of contemporary philosophy.

Bibliography 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [177]179) and index. 
Contents 
1. Classical accounts of space and time  The birth of physics  Newton's first law and absolute space  Absolute time and the persistence of absolute space  The metaphysics of absolute space and time  2. Evidence for spatial and temporal structure  Newton's second law and the bucket experiment  Arithmetic, geometry, and coordinates  The symmetries of space and the LeibnizClarke debate  3. Eliminating unobservable structure  Absolute velocity and Galilean relativity  Galilean spacetime  4. Special relativity  Special relativity and Minkowski spacetime  The twins paradox  Minkowski straightedge, Minkowski compass  Constructing Lorentz coordinates  5. The physics of measurement  The clock hypothesis  Abstract boosts and physical boosts  The "constancy of the speed of light"  Deeper accounts of physical principles  6. General relativity  Curved space and curved spacetime  Geometrizing away gravity  Black holes and the big bang  The hole argument  Suggested readings on general relativity  7. The direction and topology of time  The geometry of time  Time travel as a technical problem  The direction of time. 
Summary 
This concise book introduces nonphysicists to the core philosophical issues surrounding the nature and structure of space and time, and is also an ideal resource for physicists interested in the conceptual foundations of spacetime theory. Tim Maudlin's broad historical overview examines Aristotelian and Newtonian accounts of space and time, and traces how Galileo's conceptions of relativity and spacetime led to Einstein's special and general theories of relativity. 
Subject 
Space and time.

ISBN 
9780691143095 (hdbk. : alk. paper) 

0691143099 (hdbk. : alk. paper) 
OCLC number 
761850799 
