Space, Time, Matter

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Space, Time, Matter

Space, Time, Matter By Hermann Weyl Space Time Matter The standard treatise on the general theory of relativity Nature Whatever the future may bring Professor Weyl s book will remain a classic of physics British Journal for Philosophy and ScienceReflect

  • Title: Space, Time, Matter
  • Author: Hermann Weyl
  • ISBN: 9780486602677
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Paperback
  • Space, Time, Matter By Hermann Weyl The standard treatise on the general theory of relativity Nature Whatever the future may bring, Professor Weyl s book will remain a classic of physics British Journal for Philosophy and ScienceReflecting the revolution in scientific and philosophic thought which accompanied the Einstein relativity theories, Dr Weyl has probed deeply into the notions of space, tim The standard treatise on the general theory of relativity Nature Whatever the future may bring, Professor Weyl s book will remain a classic of physics British Journal for Philosophy and ScienceReflecting 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.
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    1. Val Dusek on said:

      Weyl s book is most famous for introducing gauge theory, which was later reborn in the form of phase transformations in quantum theory Weyl did not live guite long enough to hear of the latter being applied by Yang and Mills, though he socially interacted with Yang in his last year at Princeton.Einstein and Pauli both criticized Weyl s original unified theory based on general relativity using a length gauge, both as implying false empirical consequences Einstein , since it implied tiny changes o [...]

    2. Christine Dantas on said:

      I give this book 5 5 stars for the intrinsic intellectual tour de force masterpiece that it represents and for historical interest of this work However, I do not recommend it for those who are learning relativity theory This is not an appropriate exposition It s a heavily difficult philosophical mathematical physical investigation, obviously written in style that is too hard for this generation to follow, unfortunately It s too deep and too rich in content, but obscure in many aspects If you wan [...]

    3. Manny on said:

      Having enjoyed two of Weyl s other books in English translation, I had high hopes for this one but I am afraid to say that it is unreadable I gave up at the following sentence, around page 60 The fact that a tensor which has been derived from them by mathematical operations and is an invariant i.e dependent on them alone and not upon the co ordinate system is equal to zero is what, in general, the expression of a physical law amounts to.I did wonder why Weyl, in the foreword to Philosophy of Mat [...]

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