Relativity : A New View of the Universe (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from Relativity: A New View of the Universe There is no need that I should point out that the conceptual universe of science, while in some mysterious way it parallels the real universe, is totally unlike it. Matter, molecules, atoms, corpuscles, electrons, the ether, motion, force, energy, space, and time do not exist actually and really as we sense them, nor do they actu ally and really have the qualities with which we endow them. We know nothing at all about the real world, and these things of which we talk so learnedly are merely devices and symbols which enable us to talk about reality. Euclid's world of points and lines and planes is clearly a conceptual world; you cannot make it concrete. As soon as you attempt to do so, as when you put a 'point' upon the blackboard, it vanishes, for your point has magnitude. We make use of a Euclidean terminology and a mechanistic mode of reasoning only because we have found from experience that they facilitate our reasoning. They are the tools with which we do our work. They are fitted to our minds, as Bergson has pointed out, because the mind is built geometrically and is suited to deal with the outside surfaces of things only. Time and space as we feel them are entirely different. From time and space as they are measured by clocks and foot rules, as we saw above. The result is that we are called upon from time to time to change our ways of thinking. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
- Paperback | 22 pages
- 152 x 229 x 1mm | 45g
- 24 Nov 2017
- Forgotten Books
- 11 Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white