Arthur Prior's Early Thoughts on Physics and Cosmology

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThree Little Essays : Arthur Prior in 1931
EditorsDavid Jakobsen, Peter Øhrstrøm, Martin Prior, Adriana Rini
Number of pages24
Place of PublicationAalborg
PublisherAalborg Universitetsforlag
Publication date2020
Pages73-97
ISBN (Electronic)978-87-7210-308-2
Publication statusPublished - 2020
SeriesLogic and Philosophy of Time
Volume3

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