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Mr Tompkins in Paperback by Roger Penrose, George Gamow

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The Professor’s Lecture on Relativity which caused Mr Tompkins’s dream

Ladies and Gentlemen:

In a very primitive stage of development the human mind formed definite notions of space and time as the frame in which different events take place. These notions, without essential changes, have been carried forward from generation to generation, and, since the development of exact sciences, have been built into the foundations of the mathematical description of the universe. The great NEWTON perhaps gave the first clear-cut formulation of the classical notions of space and time, writing in his Principia:

‘Absolute space, in its own nature, without relation to anything external, remains always similar and immovable;’ and ‘Absolute, true and mathemamatical ...

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