Spacetime and Electromagnetism: An Essay on the Philosophy of the Special Theory of Relativity

Oxford University Press (1990)
That space and time should be integrated into a single entity, spacetime, is the great insight of Einstein's special theory of relativity, and leads us to regard spacetime as a fundamental context in which to make sense of the world around us. But it is not the only one. Causality is equally important and at least as far as the special theory goes, it cannot be subsumed under a fundamentally geometrical form of explanation. In fact, the agent of propagation of causal influence is electromagnetic radiation. In this examination, the authors find support for a rationalist approach to physics, never neglecting experimentation, but rejecting a simple empiricist or positivist view of science.
Keywords Special relativity (Physics  Electromagnetism  Space and time  Causality (Physics
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Call number QC173.65.L83 1990
ISBN(s) 0198520387   0198520395
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