Special Relativity & the Nature of Time

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Hello RTU readers! Apologies for another extended silence. I am currently studying for a MSc degree in Theoretical Physics and it is consuming all my time (what else was to be expected I suppose). As such, unfortunately my writing will be on hold for a little while. In the mean-time, as I know many of you enjoyed my many previous posts on the nature of time I thought I would link you to my dissertation on the topic, which goes by the rather wordy title;

‘In light of the theory of Special Relativity is a Passage of Time and the argument of the Presentist untenable?’

The paper is fairly accessible to layman in both physics and philosophy and elucidates the ideas i’ve touched on here at RTU in the past. It begins with the philosophical notion of the present moment and then introduces the mathematics of Special Relativity to deconstruct the nature of time. Conclusions are then drawn on whether we must abandon our familiar notion of the present moment due to the implications of theory. In a nutshell Special Relativity postulates observers moving at different speeds can measure the time interval between events to be different – not good for our common belief of a unique ticking of time!

The paper is fairly long but seeing as I won’t be posting for a little while perhaps some of you may be glad of it. If there are any questions on the content please drop me a message below and I will find a time to answer!

Finally, Joseph will be returning to hold the fort in December after he completes an upcoming exam of his. We hope you are all well and continuing to be curious!

Link: https://philpapers.org/archive/DHEILO.pdf

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