Space and time are probably the most important elements in physics.
Within the memory of man, all essential things are represented
within the frame of space-time pictures. This is obviously the most
basic information. What can we say about space and time? It is
normally assumed that the space is a container filled with matter
and that the time is just that which we measure with our clocks.
However, there are some reasons to take another standpoint and to
consider this container-conception as unrealistic, as prejudice so
to say. Already the philosopher Immanuel Kant pointed on this
serious problem. In this monograph, the author discusses the
so-called projection theory. In contrast to the
container-conception (reality is embedded in space and time),
within projection theory the physical reality is projected onto
space and time and quantum processes are of particular relevance.
Like Whitehead and Bergson, the author argues for the primacy of
process. One of the most interesting results is that projection
theory automatically leads to a new aspect for the notion "time."
Here we have not only the time of conventional physics, which is
exclusively treated as an external parameter, but we obtain within
projection theory a system-specific time. Just this system-specific
time might be of fundamental importance in the future description
of physical systems. For example, the self-assembly of nano-systems
could lead to predictions that are even not thinkable within usual
physics. Also in connection with cosmology the projection principle
must inevitably lead to fundamentally new statements.
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