Friday, 7 October 2005
The Measurement of Time
Brad Skow, U. of Massachusetts
12:05 pm, 817R Cathedral of Learning
Abstract: Mach thought that space had an intrinsic metric but that time did not. I discuss whether there is a coherent motivation for treating time differently from space in this way, whether Mach's view is strictly analogous to familiar conventionalist views about the spatial metric, and whether the standard objections to the later views apply also to Mach's view.