Time and Space

| March 5, 2012 | 0 Comments

The book that we’re gonna take a look at today is “Time and Space” by Barry Dainton. It’s a philosophy of science book, which tackles the questions about time and space.

First of all I would like to say that I really love philosophy of science books, as they often act as a great introduction to concepts of physics, often skipping the unnecessary technical details. Nevertheless, they still give you a solid overview of the important scientific concepts, plus all the philosophy-related info. So if you hate complicated equations but still would like to learn more about, let us say, time travel, grab an introductory level philosophy of science book.

Author: Barry Dainton

Paperback: 464

Publisher: McGill-Queen’s University 

ISBN-10: 0773537473

ISBN-13: 978-0773537477

Kindle edition: (n/a)

Reviews: customer reviews

Rating: ★★★★★ Ranking: 657,371 US Version UK Version

Barry Dainton is a professor of Philosophy at the University of Liverpool and an author of two other great books The Phenomenal Self and Stream of Consciousness. In “Time and Space” Dainton introduces and overviews philosophy of spacetime.  The book contains 22 chapters covering the most important problems and advances in both physics and philosophy of science regarding space and time. These chapters include The Block UniverseAsymmetries Within TimeTime TravelTime and ConsciousnessGeneral Relativity, String Theory and others.

Time and Space

The author does a solid job of explaining concepts of philosophy and science in simple words, which makes this a perfect book for beginners. The book contains useful diagrams and pictures which help you visualize the concepts easier. In addition the book has almost no maths, which certainly makes it “laymen-friendly”. Nevertheless, be warned that the later chapters require some knowledge of philosophy, and thus are not for everyone.

All in all, Space and Time, is a great book for those interested in basic physics and philosophy. Even though the book doesn’t have a lot of real physics theory, it’s a great starting point for those interested in a conceptual introduction to general relativity and even some string theory. In terms of philosophical concepts, the book goes quite deep so it’s best read with some knowledge of basic philosophy.



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