International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Perception of Time by Humans according to John Philoponus and its relation with the Theory of Special and General Relativity
Konstantinos Kalachanis, Prof. Efstratios Theodossiou, Evangelia Panou, Vassilios Manimanis, Ioannis Kostikas

The significance of the observer in the perception of time has been pointed out by the Byzantine scholar, philosopher and physicist John Philoponus (6th century AD). According to Philoponus, the perception of time by humans depends on the measurement of the motions of the celestial bodies. Correspondingly, in the special theory of relativity humans perceive time in relation with the frames of reference, while in general relativity theory time as an integral part of spacetime is curved with the curvature being a function of the nearby mass.

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