Philosophy Friday

Philosophy of Relativity

   Masses, Oil on Canvas by Brandon Hingley

 

Masses, Oil on Canvas by Brandon Hingley

A Physicist Philosopher: The Thoughts of Albert Einstein.  

The most famous of physicists knew that matter could not exist as separate 'particles:

“A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and tfridao affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive. ...
I wished to show that space time is not necessarily something to which one can ascribe to a separate existence, independently of the actual objects of physical reality. Physical objects are not in space, but these objects are spatially extended. In this way the concept 'empty space' loses its meaning.
Since the theory of general relativity implies the representation of physical reality by a continuous field, the concept of particles or material points cannot play a fundamental part, nor can the concept of motion. The particle can only appear as a limited region in space in which the field strength or the energy density are particularly high.”

When asked to sum up the general theory of relativity in one sentence:

“Time and space and gravitation have no separate existence from matter.”

Matter is the matter and is connected across the universe.