New Foundations for Physical Geometry: The Theory of Linear Structures

2015.09.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Tim Maudlin, New Foundations for Physical Geometry: The Theory of Linear Structures, Oxford University Press, 2014, 363pp.,
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2015.09.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Tim Maudlin, New Foundations for Physical Geometry: The Theory of Linear Structures, Oxford University Press, 2014, 363pp., $75.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198701309. Reviewed by Dennis Dieks, Utrecht University This is an impressive book. I also find it idiosyncratic in places, occasionally even irritating. It is impressive because Maudlin develops his own, new and independent, foundational scheme for geometry. Not only does he propose new principles, he elaborates them to such a degree that a serious alternative to traditional approaches begins to take shape. I think that this result, and the enthusiasm, energy and persistence displayed in the enterprise, deserve admiration. The book strikes me as strange in places, with cavalier claims that seem exaggerated, inaccurate, or sometimes even false. Maudlin explains and develops his new approach in a polemical style, with much emphasis on a supposed inadequacy of. . .

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