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Single Idea 21232

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / C. Space-Time / 3. Space-Time]

Full Idea

Einstein noted that the measurements of space and time are not independent but inextricably linked, leading to the idea of unified space-time (introduced by his former teacher Minkowski).

Gist of Idea

Space-time arises from the connection between measurements of space and of time

Source

Graham Farmelo (The Strangest Man [2009], 03)

A Reaction

Notice the instrumentalist assumptions behind this.

Book Reference

Farmelo,Graham: 'The Strangest Man [Paul Dirac]' [Faber 2009], p.40

Related Idea

Idea 7621 Special relativity, unlike general relativity, was operationalist in spirit [Putnam on Einstein]