But if the physical world, represented by Minkowski spacetime, is indeed four-dimensional with time being the fourth dimension, then such a world is drastically different from its image based on our perceptions. Minkowski four-dimensional world is a block Universe, a frozen world in which nothing happens since all moments of time are given ‘at once', which means that physical bodies are four-dimensional worldtubes containing the whole histories in time of the three-dimensional bodies of our everyday experience. The implications of a real Minkowski world for physics itself and especially for our world view are enormous.
The main focus of this volume is the question: is spacetime nothing more than a mathematical space (which describes the evolution in time of the ordinary three-dimensional world) or is it a mathematical model of a real four-dimensional world with time entirely given as the fourth dimension? It contains fourteen invited papers which either directly address the main question of the nature of spacetime or explore issues related to it.
interaction between science, culture, spirituality, religion, and
The quantum, biological, and information revolutions of the
twentieth and twenty-first centuries should have thoroughly changed our view of
reality, yet the old viewpoint based on classical science remains dominant,
reinforcing a notion of a rational, mechanistic world that allows for endless
progress. In practice, this view has promoted much violence among humans.
Basarab Nicolescu heralds a new era, cosmodernity, founded on a contemporary
vision of the interaction between science, culture, spirituality, religion, and
society. Here, reality is plastic and its people are active participants in the
cosmos, and the world is simultaneously knowable and unknowable. Ultimately,
every human recognizes his or her face in the face of every other human being,
independent of his or her particular religious or philosophical beliefs.
Nicolescu notes a new spirituality free of dogmas and looks at quantum physics,
literature, theater, and art to reveal the emergence of a newer, cosmodern