Space, Time, and Spacetime

Physical and Philosophical Implications of Minkowski's Unification of Space and Time

  • Vesselin Petkov

Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 167)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Minkowski’s Representation of Special Relativity – Examples of Its Impact on the Twentieth Century Physics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Stephen N. Lyle
      Pages 61-106
    3. Paul O’Hara
      Pages 107-127
    4. Jonathan Bain
      Pages 129-146
    5. Eduardo V. Flores
      Pages 147-155
  3. Implications of Minkowski’s Ideas for the Philosophy of Space and Time

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Daniel Peterson, Michael Silberstein
      Pages 209-237
    3. Friedel Weinert
      Pages 239-256
    4. Christian Wüthrich
      Pages 257-278
  4. The Impact of Minkowski’s Ideas Beyond the Philosophy of Space and Time

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 313-314

About this book


This volume is dedicated to the centennial anniversary of Minkowski's discovery of spacetime. It contains selected papers by physicists and philosophers on the Nature and Ontology of Spacetime. The first six papers, comprising Part I of the book, provide examples of the impact of Minkowski's spacetime representation of special relativity on the twentieth century physics. Part II also contains six papers which deal with implications of Minkowski's ideas for the philosophy of space and time. The last part is represented by two papers which explore the influence of Minkowski's ideas beyond the philosophy of space and time.


EFE Gravity Minkowski space Minkowski spacetime Philosophy of spacetime Quantum mechanics and relativity Relativity Relativity of simultaneity Special relativity Special relativity and spacetime physics

Editors and affiliations

  • Vesselin Petkov
    • 1
  1. 1.Liberal Arts CollegeConcordia UniversityMontrealCanada

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