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Absolute or Relative Motion?: Volume 2, The Deep Structure of General Relativity

by Julian B. Barbour

KeyWords: Absolute Motion, Relative Motion, General Relativity

Pages: 480
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2009
ISBN: 0195132033
ISBN: 978-0195132038

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This is the second in a two volume series discussing the theories of Einstein, Newton and other ideas of late 19th and early 20th century physics as in-depth research and basis for Barbour's theory that time is an illusion. This volume gives a comprehensive survey of the major issues associated with the transition in our understanding of the nature of space and motion that came with Einstein's theory of general relativity. Einstein's work and thoughts are critically reexamined in their historical context of Mach's earlier reinterpretation of Newton's arguments for absolute space, and other ideas in physics of the time. Along with its new interpretations, this book is an excellent guide to the deeper philosophical implications of general relativity, and has much to contribute to the studies relevant to the current effort to create a quantum theory of gravity.
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