The Speed of Light

The Speed of Light : Constancy + Cosmos

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Light -- our experience of light, our measurement of light, and the notion that light speed is constant -- can be understood to mark our interface with the cosmos. David A. Grandy's book moves from the scientific to the existential, from Einstein to Merleau-Ponty, from light as a phenomenon to light as that which is constitutive of reality. To measure the speed of light is to measure something about the way we are measured or blended into the cosmos, and that universal blending predetermines our measurement of light speed in favor of a universal or constant value. It's quite a trip, one aimed at scientists who have pondered light speed constancy, philosophers inclined to question the idea that mind and world are distinct, and scientifically or philosophically inclined persons who enjoy stretching themselves in new ways.show more

Product details

  • Electronic book text | 216 pages
  • Indiana University Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 0253003628
  • 9780253003621

About David Grandy

David A. Grandy is Professor of Philosophy at Brigham Young University and author (with Dan Burton) of Magic, Mystery, and Science (IUP, 2004) and Leo Szilard: Science as a Mode of Being. He lives in Orem, Utah.show more

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A brilliant and distinguished book... Grandy introduces a trans-scientific understanding of light as a deep ordering principle within the universe.--Thaddeus J. Trenn, University of Torontoshow more