Space, Time, Matter

Space, Time, Matter

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qThe standard treatise on the general theory of relativity.q a€” Nature qWhatever the future may bring, Professor Weyl's book will remain a classic of physics.q a€” British Journal for Philosophy and Science Reflecting the revolution in scientific and philosophic thought which accompanied the Einstein relativity theories, Dr. Weyl has probed deeply into the notions of space, time, and matter. A rigorous examination of the state of our knowledge of the world following these developments is undertaken with this guiding principle: that although further scientific thought may take us far beyond our present conception of the world, we may never again return to the previous narrow and restricted scheme. Although a degree of mathematical sophistication is presupposed, Dr. Weyl develops all the tensor calculus necessary to his exposition. He then proceeds to an analysis of the concept of Euclidean space and the spatial conceptions of Riemann. From this the nature of the amalgamation of space and time is derived. This leads to an exposition and examination of Einstein's general theory of relativity and the concomitant theory of gravitation. A detailed investigation follows devoted to gravitational waves, a rigorous solution of the problem of one body, laws of conservation, and the energy of gravitation. Dr. Weyl's introduction of the concept of tensor-density as a magnitude of quantity (contrasted with tensors which are considered to be magnitudes of intensity) is a major step toward a clearer understanding of the relationships among space, time, and matter.CATALOG OF DOVER BOOKS INTRODUCTION TO ANALYSIS, Maxwell RosenlichL Unusually clear, accessible coverage of set theory, real number system, ... Emphasizes practical solution of problemsi covers seven types of equations.

Title:Space, Time, Matter
Author:Hermann Weyl
Publisher:Courier Corporation - 1952


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