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

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Title: Motion Paradox: The 2,500-Year-Old Puzzle Behind All the Mysteries of Time and Space
Author: Mazur, Joseph
ISBN: 9780525949923
Publisher: Dutton
Published: 2007
Binding: Regular Hardback
Language: English
Condition: Used: Very Good
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Science and Math 1213937

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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 mindsincluding Aristotle, Galileo, Newton, Einstein, Stephen Hawking, and other current theoreticianshave 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 discoveredbut 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 solutionif indeed it can be solvedwill reveal nothing less than the fundamental nature of reality.