By Helena Eilstein
This is a suite of a few works of Polish philosophers and physicists on philosophical difficulties of time and spacetime. with out limiting the thematic scope of the papers, the difficulty conceming objectivity of time movement runs as a uniting thread via such a lot of them. partially it truly is mentioned directIy, and in part the authors concentrate on subject matters that are of paramount significance for one's perspective to that question. within the first six papers the authors care for their subject matters opposed to the historical past of up to date physics, its theories, its problems and mentioned conjectures. For the paper of S. Snihur that historical past is equipped by way of daily worId-outlook, and the writer discusses the matter of lifestyles and personality of the long run within the mild of simple rules of cIassical common sense. The paper of A. P61tawski, concerning the perspectives of the phenomenal polish thinker Roman Ingarden, enriches the thematic scope of the coIIection introducing into it a few questions from philosophical anthropology and ethics. JERZY GOLOSZ movement, area, TIME*. summary. The paper discusses the houses of spacetime we learn through examining the phenomenon of movement. Of detailed curiosity are the spacetime symmetries. the spacetime buildings and the ontological prestige of spacetime. those difficulties are thought of at the grounds of the c1assical theories of movement contained in Newtonian physics, specific and basic idea of relativity. the talk among an absolute and a relational perception of movement and its ontological implications also are analyzed.
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These common features form what hereafter will be referred to as 'spacetime model' or simply 'spacetime' inGR. The mathematical model of physical spacetime in GR arises from successively overlapping four mathematical structures. The underlying structure or the basic object is the spacetime in the sense of set theory, Le. a set of elementary events named points. An elementary event is a primary, nondefinable concept. Intuitively it is a phenomenon occurring in a moment at a point of space, such as a coJlision of two elementary particles.
Describe null worldlines which by definition are of zero length. Physically it means that there is no proper time for them (the photon cannot be 'accompanied' by a clock). These worldlines may be parametrized by any time coordinate. This fact provides a precise geometrical formulation of the intuitive observation that 'one can stand still in space but one cannot stop moving in time'. Time flow thus is universal, since for any physical object (massive or massless) a time coordinate and the proper time (for massive ones) grow monotonically along its worldline.
Wheeler's picture is often called 'spacetime foam'. To explain it let us consider a 2-dimensional case. Initially one has a plane. Quantum fluctuations form on it a number of wormholes and surfaces of more complex topology. Further spontaneous fluctuations appear not only on the 'free' parts of the plane, new objects develop also on the already existing ones: wormholes generate wormholes and these generate next wormholes etc. The initial plane quickly evolves into a complicated structure and the process reminds the formation of a soap foam.
A Collection of Polish Works on Philosophical Problems of Time and Spacetime by Helena Eilstein