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The Motion Paradox: The 2,500-Year Old Puzzle Behind All the Mysteries of…

by Joseph Mazur

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Useful to see if you can pick out all the weird mistakes ( )
  Baku-X | Jan 10, 2017 |
Despite its profound title the material was covered in a very cursory manner without much depth. He also jumped from topic to topic without much to connect them or even to know what the point of each section was. ( )
  jjwilson61 | Jan 28, 2016 |
Useful to see if you can pick out all the weird mistakes ( )
  BakuDreamer | Sep 7, 2013 |
An easily readable history of mechanics, with Zeno's paradoxes as a constant underlying theme.
  fpagan | Jun 1, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0525949925, Hardcover)

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.

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"Acclaimed writer and mathematician Joseph Mazur begins at the dawn of science when the Greek philosopher Zeno formulated his paradoxes of motion, and notes, amazingly, that they are still on the cutting edge of all investigations into the fabric of the universe in front of our noses and on the surface of the farthest star." "Joseph Mazur, author of Euclid in the Rainforest, shows how historic breakthroughs in our understanding of motion shed light on Zeno's paradoxes. The orbits of the planets were explained, the laws of motion were defined, the theory of relativity was discovered and confirmed with astronomical observations, and quantum mechanical engineering is on the verge of harnessing particles of light in a whole new kind of computer - but the basic structure of time and space remains elusive."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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