>Course materials:
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>Selected sections of The Evolution of the Concepts of Space and Time, a
>manuscript by Professors Bradie and Duncan-- see below
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>Hand-outs on various space and time topics will be provided.
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>**A bibliography of some key references will be provided ***
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>Course Objectives:
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>This course is an introduction to the philosophy and physics of space and
>time. Among the topics to be covered are Zeno's paradoxes, the dispute
>between Newton and Leibnitz on the nature of space and time, the relationship
>between geometry and physics, a survey of the foundations of the theory of
>the special theory of relativity, the geometrization of gravitation by
>Einstein's general theory of relativity and gravitation. The emphasis is on
>a discussion of the conceptual foundations and a tracing of the evolution
>of the concepts of space and time from the pre-socratics to the present day.
>The treatment is essentially non-mathematical with some inclusion of
mathematical
>concepts needed to fill out the development. Among the more philosophical
>issues, we will examine the relation of models to reality, the role of
>convention in scientific theories, questions of evidence and testability of
>scientific models, and questions of determinism and causality.
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>Syllabus: as on the web page
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>Requirements for the course: a knowledge of mathematics at least at the
>level of high school. Knowing calculus is a plus. Any further study in
>mathematics would be helpful, but not necessarily a requirement.
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>Examinations: There will be two term papers. The first will be due
>on March xx and will cover material from the first half of the course. The
>second paper will be due May yy and will cover material from the second
>half of the course. We will hand out term paper topics at a later date, as
>well as discuss our requirements on the content of the papers.
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>The course grade will be determined from the performance on these two papers
>along with an assessment of the student's class participation. You are
>expected to attend class regularly and be prepared to discuss the assigned
>reading material. The class participation factor may raise your grade but
>will not lower it.