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Gedanken zur Zeit (2012)


The notion of time emerged from the observation of celestial phenomena and the construction of calendars. Its development towards ever higher precision went along with qualitative changes, and was shaped by cultural predisposition. With Einstein's theories of relativity at the lastest, special and general, the nature of time was defined in terms of the metric of a four-dimensional space-time which in turn depends on the distribution of matter. However, it should not be ignored that these theories are local in character and that any projection onto the universe as a whole contains unchecked assumptions. This leaves room for a variety of models. This article promotes the picture of a directed time in a matter-filled space with tree structure, branches developing in the neighborhood of dense mass distributions and possibly ending in black holes.


Description Explores the history of thinking about time, calendars, and celestial phenomena and discusses the nature of time philosophically.

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Authors & Contributors
Ferris, Timothy
Lightman, Alan P.
Miller, Arthur I.
Torretti, Roberto
Thorne, Kip S.
Hawking, Stephen W.
Physics in Perspective
Philosophia Naturalis
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Westview Press
W. W. Norton & Co.
McGill-Queen's University Press
Atlas Books
University Press of America
Relativity, general
Einstein, Albert
Feynman, Richard Phillips
Jeffreys, Harold
Poincaré, Jules Henri
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm von
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, early
19th century
20th century, late
18th century
21st century

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