The New Time Travelers: A Journey to the Frontiers of Physics


Author: David Toomey
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 039307837X
Category: Science
Page: 400
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The story of physicists' quest to answer a mind-boggling question: How can we travel through time? Since H. G. Wells' 1895 classic The Time Machine, readers of science fiction have puzzled over the paradoxes of time travel. What would happen if a time traveler tried to change history? Would some force or law of nature prevent him? Or would his action produce a "new" history, branching away from the original?In the last decade of the twentieth century a group of theoretical physicists at the California Institute of Technology undertook a serious investigation of the possibility of pastward time travel, inspiring a serious and sustained study that engaged more than thirty physicists working at universities and institutes around the world.Many of the figures involved are familiar: Einstein, Stephen Hawking and Kip Thorne; others are names known mostly to physicists. These are the new time travelers, and this is the story of their work--a profoundly human endeavor marked by advances, retreats, and no small share of surprises. It is a fantastic journey to the frontiers of physics. Some images in the ebook are not displayed owing to permissions issues.

Nominalism and Constructivism in Seventeenth-Century Mathematical Philosophy


Author: David Sepkoski
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136768688
Category: MATHEMATICS
Page: 184
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What was the basis for the adoption of mathematics as the primary mode of discourse for describing natural events by a large segment of the philosophical community in the seventeenth century? In answering this question, this book demonstrates that a significant group of philosophers shared the belief that there is no necessary correspondence between external reality and objects of human understanding, which they held to include the objects of mathematical and linguistic discourse. The result is a scholarly reliable, but accessible, account of the role of mathematics in the works of (amongst others) Galileo, Kepler, Descartes, Newton, Leibniz, and Berkeley. This impressive volume will benefit scholars interested in the history of philosophy, mathematical philosophy and the history of mathematics.

History of Mathematics and Related Sciences

An Annotated Bibliography of Sources Held by Monash University Library
Author: G. C. Smith (MA.),Gordon C. Smith,Susan Radvansky,Marta Chiba
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 138
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Annotated listing of the collection of books pertaining to the history of mathematics accumulated by Monash University in its three decades of existence. Comprises original works, facsimiles, translations, popularisations, biographical and bibliographical works.

5000 Jahre Geometrie

Geschichte Kulturen Menschen
Author: Christoph J. Scriba,Peter Schreiber
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3662045001
Category: Mathematics
Page: 596
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Lange bevor die Schrift entwickelt wurde, hat der Mensch geometrische Strukturen wahrgenommen und systematisch verwendet: ob beim Weben oder Flechten einfacher zweidimensionaler Muster oder beim Bauen mit dreidimensionalen Körpern. Das Buch liefert einen faszinierenden Überblick über die geometrischen Vorstellungen und Erkenntnisse der Menschheit von der Urgesellschaft bis hin zu den mathematischen und künstlerischen Ideen des 20. Jahrhunderts.

Sir Isaac Newton's Optik

oder, Abhandlung über Spiegelungen, Brechungen, Beugungen und Farben des Lichts (1704)
Author: Sir Isaac Newton
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Optics
Page: N.A
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Begriffsschrift und andere Aufsätze

Mit E. Husserls und H. Scholz' Anmerkungen herausgegeben von Ignacio Angelelli
Author: Gottlob Frege
Publisher: Georg Olms Verlag
ISBN: 3487006235
Category: Philosophy
Page: 124
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Dieser Band enthält die vier Arbeiten Freges: Begriffsschrift, eine der arithmetischen nachgebildeten Formelsprache, 1879; Anwendungen der Begriffsschrift, 1879; Über den Briefwechsel Leibnizens und Huggens mit Papin, 1881; Über den Zweck der Begriffsschrift, 1883; Über die wissenschaftliche Berechtigung einer Begriffsschrift, 1882. Frege's research work in the field of mathematical logic is of great importance for the present-day analytic philosophy. We actually owe to Frege a great amount of basical insight and exemplary research, which set up a new standard also in other fields of knowledge. As the founder of mathematical logic he severely examindes the syllogisms on which arithmetic is built up. In doing so, Frege recognized that our colloquial language is inadequate to define logic structures. His notional language corresponded to the artaivicial logical language demandes by Leibniz. Frege's achievement in the field of logic were so important, that they radiated into the domain of philosophy and influenced the development of mathematical logic decisively.

Homo sapiens.

Leben im 21. Jahrhundert. Was bleibt vom Menschen?
Author: Ray Kurzweil
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783548750262
Category:
Page: 509
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Analysis 1


Author: Wolfgang Walter
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 366205695X
Category: Mathematics
Page: 399
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Aus den Besprechungen: "Wodurch unterscheidet sich das hiermit begonnene Lehrwerk der Analysis von zahlreichen anderen ... exzellenten Werken dieser Art? ... (1) die ausführliche Berücksichtigung des Warum und Woher, der historischen Gesichtspunkte ...; (2) die Anerkennung der Existenz des Computers. Der Autor verschließt sich nicht vor der Tatsache, daß die Computermathematik (hier vor allem verstanden als numerische Mathematik) oft interessante Anwendungen der klassischen Analysis bietet. ... (3) die große Fülle von Beispielen und nicht-trivialen (aber lösbaren) Übungsaufgaben, sowie (4) der häufige Bezug zu den Anwendungen. ... Sogar die Theorie der gewöhnlichen Differentialgleichungen, vor der manche Lehrbuchautoren eine unüberwindliche Scheu zu haben scheinen, ist gut lesbar dargestellt, mit vernünftigen Anwendungen. ... kann das Buch jedem Studierenden der Mathematik wegen der Fülle des Gebotenen und wegen des geschickten didaktischen Aufbaus auf das Wärmste empfohlen werden." ZAMP

Gibt es einen Gott?


Author: Richard Swinburne,Daniel von Wachter
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783937202914
Category: God (Christianity)
Page: 134
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Pi

Algorithmen, Computer, Arithmetik
Author: Jörg Arndt,Christoph Haenel
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 366209360X
Category: Computers
Page: 264
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Elemente der theoretischen Physik


Author: Christian Christiansen,Johannes Julius Christoph Müller
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Mathematical physics
Page: 458
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