Space-Time Structures in Classical Mechanics

  • Walter Noll


The English language contains many words that denote spatial or temporal concepts: ‘now’, ‘later’, ‘soon’, ‘simultaneous’, ‘here’, ‘there’, ‘far’, ‘location’, ‘equidistant’, etc. The grammar is in part organized in accordance with temporal categories: present, past, future. If we tried to remove all words, prefixes, and suffixes with a temporal or spatial meaning from the language we would surely all but destroy it. The system of temporal and spatial concepts of a natural language such as English constitutes a verbal space-time structure. It is not a very precise system, but it serves very well as a framework for the common experiences of human life.


Classical Mechanic Solid Earth Force System Absolute Space Spatial Concept 
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