Arthur Prior’s Essays Scientific (1931c) is a handwritten booklet in which he explained key ideas of post-Newtonian physics for the ‘enquiring lay-man’. After some preliminary remarks, I sketch the contents of the two essays, On Relativity and Sweet Nothings that make up the booklet. I then discuss how certain themes important in Prior’s later career (notably A-series versus B-series accounts of time, and whether the order of events is observer independent) are prefigured in this booklet. I then take a close look at Prior’s use of diagrams to present special relativity, and close with some remarks on the editing.
|Title of host publication||Three Little Essays : Arthur Prior in 1931|
|Editors||David Jakobsen, Peter Øhrstrøm, Martin Prior, Adriana Rini|
|Number of pages||24|
|Place of Publication||Aalborg|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
|Series||Logic and Philosophy of Time|