|Absolute: something that is not dependent on conditions. Question is there absolute rest, absolute speed? - Antonym to relative._____________Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments. |
|Feynman Lectures I 232 (German edition)
Absolute/Movement/Absoluteness/The Absolute/Philosophy/Feynman/FeynmanVsPhilosophers: it is not meaningless to speak of speed. - Our inability to detect absolute motion comes from experiments - not merely from pure thought. - Even in Newton's time, everything was already relative. - No one cared, because only Maxwell's equations seemed to make it possible to measure speed from within.
It is true that absolute motion is meaningless. - It is meaningless, because it cannot be proven. - Not the other way around. - It is meaningless, because it cannot be defined. - Feynman: Some philosophers argue that motion cannot be proven without looking at the outside world. - That is not true. - Only linear constant movement cannot be proven without consideration for the outside world. - Example: Internal evidence of Earth's rotation: Foucault pendulum._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
The Feynman Lectures on Physics. Vol. I, Mainly Mechanics, Radiation, and Heat, California Institute of Technology 1963
Vorlesungen über Physik I München 2001
The Character of Physical Law, Cambridge, MA/London 1967
Vom Wesen physikalischer Gesetze München 1993