Leibnizian Spacetime vs. Pincushion Owl

By: Joshua Glenn
December 28, 2009

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Over at Significant Objects today, Margaret Wertheim of the admirable Institute for Figuring tells a story about an owl-shaped pincushion and its role in the discovery that Leibniz was right to reject Newton’s notion of absolute space and time when he proposed that space and time have no a priori existence, but are byproducts of a universal set of relationships. Nice!

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