The Motion Paradox

The Motion Paradox

The 2,500-year-old Puzzle Behind All the Mysteries of Time and Space

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Penguin Putnam
The epic tale of an ancient, unsolved puzzle and how it relates to all scientific attempts to explain the basic structure of the universe

At the dawn of science the ancient Greek philosopher Zeno formulated his paradox of motion, and amazingly, it is still on the cutting edge of all investigations into the fabric of reality.

Zeno used logic to argue that motion is impossible, and at the heart of his maddening puzzle is the nature of space and time. Is space-time continuous or broken up like a string of beads? Over the past two millennia, many of our greatest minds?including Aristotle, Galileo, Newton, Einstein, Stephen Hawking, and other current theoreticians?have been gripped by the mystery this puzzle represents.

Joseph Mazur, acclaimed author of Euclid in the Rainforest, shows how historic breakthroughs in our understanding of motion shed light on Zeno?s paradox. The orbits of the planets were explained, the laws of motion were revealed, the theory of relativity was discovered?but the basic structure of time and space remained elusive.

In the tradition of Fermat?s Enigma and Zero, The Motion Paradox is a lively history of this apparently simple puzzle whose solution?if indeed it can be solved?will reveal nothing less than the fundamental nature of reality.



Baker & Taylor
Traces the epic history of ancient Greek philosopher Zeno's yet-unsolved paradox of motion, citing the contributions of such top minds as Aristotle, Newton, and Hawking to furthering the scientific community's understanding of the elusive basic structure of time and space. By the author of Euclid in the Rainforest.

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Mazur (mathematics, Marlboro College) begins with Zeno, of course, and the reception of his motion paradoxes by other ancient Greeks. But after Archimedes died in 212 BCE, no one thought much about time for the next 14 centuries, so he picks up the story again then with Galileo, then Newton and all; and proceeds to when all the tidy bows came undone with Einstein and quantum theory and so on. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

Traces the epic history of Greek philosopher Zeno's yet-unsolved paradox of motion, citing the contributions of top minds to the scientific community's understanding of the elusive basic structure of time and space.

Publisher: New York : Dutton, [2007]
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780525949923
0525949925
Branch Call Number: 530.11 MAZUR
Characteristics: viii, 262 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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Mar 11, 2011

this gives a great sense of how sketchy our perceptions of time are (and how that translates into difficulties in mathematics and science).

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