2.50 Space and Time

Category: Philosophy of Science

Keywords: inertial, lorentz, relativity, simultaneity, frame, spacetime, einstein, velocity, relativistic, gauge, earman, transformations, metric, newtonian, symmetry

Number of Articles: 450
Percentage of Total: 1.4%
Rank: 17th

Weighted Number of Articles: 336.4
Percentage of Total: 1%
Rank: 39th

Mean Publication Year: 1978.7
Weighted Mean Publication Year: 1977.6
Median Publication Year: 1979
Modal Publication Year: 1977

Topic with Most Overlap: Quantum Physics (0.0393)
Topic this Overlaps Most With: Quantum Physics (0.034)
Topic with Least Overlap: Emotions (0.00015)
Topic this Overlaps Least With: Feminism (0.00017)

Space and Time

Figure 2.117: Space and Time

Space and Time Articles in Each Journal

Figure 2.118: Space and Time Articles in Each Journal


This differs from the earlier topic on Classical Space and Time in two respects.

  1. It is primarily about relativistic, as opposed to classical, physics.
  2. It is very much philosophy of science, as opposed to metaphysics. This shows up in the characteristic articles, which are all in philosophy of science journals.

Much to my surprise, this topic featured some of the articles the model was most confident about. There are 6 articles that the model gives a probability greater than 0.9 of being in this topic. No other topic features more than 4 such articles; and only four other topics feature more than 2. This was surprising given how much overlap this topic has with Classical Space and Time. But it turns out that the language philosophers of physics use to talk about space and time is (or more importantly was) rather different from the language metaphysicians use. And that was enough for the model to tell them apart.