Space and Time pp 247-257 | Cite as

Physical Limits to Knowledge of the Universe — (i) Horizons

  • Richard Swinburne


SO far in this work we have mainly been investigating the meaning of spatial and temporal terms and of propositions about Space and Time, although in the last chapter in order to examine the application of our criteria of simultaneity, we had to set forward the evidence for certain empirical truths about the Universe. The task of the concluding chapters is to examine more fully what kind of conclusions science can hope to reach about the general spatio-temporal character of the Universe.


Physical Object Inertial Frame Distant Cluster Cosmological Horizon Average Cluster Size 
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© Richard Swinburne 1968

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Swinburne
    • 1
  1. 1.University of HullUK

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