SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND WORK IN PROGRESS

I. BOOKS

Published (authored):

  1. V. Petkov, From Illusions to Reality: Time, Spacetime and the Nature of Reality (Minkowski Institute Press, Montreal 2013). Reviews at: Amazon.com
  2. V. Petkov, Inertia and Gravitation: From Aristotle's Natural Motion to Geodesic Worldlines in Curved Spacetime (Minkowski Institute Press, Montreal 2012). Reviews at: Amazon.com, Amazon.fr, Amazon.co.uk
  3. V. Petkov, Relativity and the Nature of Spacetime, 2nd ed. (Springer, Heidelberg 2009). Expanded and updated edition of the 2005 publication. Reviews at: Springer, Amazon, and Goodreads.

Published (edited):

  1. V. Petkov (ed.), Arthur S. Eddington, The Mathematical Theory of Relativity (Minkowski Institute Press, Montreal 2016). With a Foreword by Abhay Ashtekar.
  2. V. Petkov (ed.), V. K. Frederiks, A. A. Friedmann, Foundations of the Theory of Relativity: Volume 1 Tensor Calculus (Minkowski Institute Press, Montreal 2015)
    Translated from the Russian by Svetla Kirilova-Petkova and Vesselin Petkov. Edited (with an Introduction) by V. Petkov. This is the English translation of the first and the only published volume of a five-volume book project, brutally terminated by the untimely and tragic death of Alexander A. Friedmann on 16 September 1925.
  3. A. Ashtekar, V. Petkov (eds), Springer Handbook of Spacetime (Springer, Heidelberg 2014).
  4. V. Petkov (ed.), A. A. Friedmann, The World as Space and Time (Minkowski Institute Press, Montreal 2014). Translated from the Russian by Svetla Kirilova-Petkova and Vesselin Petkov. Edited (with an Introduction) by V. Petkov. This is the first English translation of the book written by the great Russian physicist A. A. Friedmann who first showed in 1922 that Einstein's equations have solutions that describe a non-stationary Universe (later the experimental evidence did confirm that the Universe is expanding). The original Russian publication was in 1923.
  5. V. Petkov (ed.), A. A. Friedmann, Papers on Curved Spaces and Cosmology (Minkowski Institute Press, Montreal 2014). Translated from the Russian and edited (with an Introduction) by V. Petkov. This volume includes a 28-page manuscript "On the Geometry of Curved Spaces" (dated 15 April 1922) which has not been published even in Russian.
  6. V. Petkov (ed.), Hermann Minkowski, Space and Time: Minkowski's Papers on Relativity (Minkowski Institute Press, Montreal 2012). Translated from the German by Fritz Lewertoff and Vesselin Petkov and edited (with an Introduction) by V. Petkov. Reviews at: Amazon.
  7. V. Petkov (ed.), Minkowski Spacetime: A Hundred Years Later (Springer, Heidelberg 2010); Reviews at: Springer.
  8. V. Petkov (ed.), Space, Time, and Spacetime - Physical and Philosophical Implications of Minkowski's Unification of Space and Time (Springer, Heidelberg 2010}.
  9. V. Petkov (ed.), Relativity and the Dimensionality of the World (Springer, Heidelberg 2007). Reviews at: Springer, Amazon.

To be published:

  1. V. Petkov, Introduction to Spacetime Physics (Minkowski Institute Press, Montreal), undergraduate physics textbook, will appear in 2017 (due to unforeseen circumstances its publication was delayed).
  2. V. Petkov (ed.), N. I. Lobachevsky, The Foundations of Geometry: Works on Non-Euclidean Geometry, (Minkowski Institute Press, Montreal), will appear in 2017.
    Translated from the Russian by Svetla Kirilova-Petkova and Vesselin Petkov. Edited (with an Introduction) by V. Petkov. This volume contains three works by Lobachevsky on non-Euclidean geometry: "On the foundations of geometry", "Geometrical investigations on the theory of parallel lines", and "Pangeometry".

In preparation and planned:

  1. V. Petkov, A Quest for Hidden Knowledge in Physics. A monograph intended to train researchers on how to extract important (but usually hidden) information from the existing theoretical and experimental evidence, which may significantly shorten the path to scientific discoveries. Planned (rough draft).


II. ARTICLES IN BOOKS

  1. (2017) "Spacetime and Reality: Facing the Ultimate Judge". In: S. Wuppuluriand G. Ghirardi (Eds.), Space, Time and the Limits of Human Understanding (Springer, Heidelberg 2017) pp. 137-148.
  2. (2014) Physics as Spacetime Geometry - published as Chapter 8 in Springer Handbook of Spacetime (Springer, Heidelberg 2014), pp. 141-163
  3. (2012) Can Gravity be Quantized? - published as Appendix C in V. Petkov, Inertia and Gravitation: From Aristotle's Natural Motion to Geodesic Worldlines in Curved Spacetime (Minkowski Institute Press, Montreal 2012).
  4. (2012) On Inertial Forces, Inertial Energy and the Origin of Inertia - published as Appendix B in V. Petkov, Inertia and Gravitation: From Aristotle's Natural Motion to Geodesic Worldlines in Curved Spacetime (Minkowski Institute Press, Montreal 2012).
  5. (2009) "Physical Laws and Worldlines in Minkowski Spacetime". In: V. Petkov (ed.), Minkowski Spacetime: A Hundred Years Later.
  6. (2008) "Conventionality of Simultaneity and Reality". In: D. Dieks (ed.), The Ontology of Spacetime II (Elsevier, Amsterdam 2008); "Philosophy and Foundations of Physics" Series, Volume 4, pp. 175-185.
  7. (2007) "Relativity, Dimensionality, and Existence". In: V. Petkov (ed.), Relativity and the Dimensionality of the World, pp. 115-135.
  8. (2006) "Is There an Alternative to the Block Universe View?". In: D. Dieks (ed.), The Ontology of Spacetime (Elsevier, Amsterdam 2006); "Philosophy and Foundations of Physics" Series, Volume 1, pp. 207-228.
  9. (2005) "Can studying the inertial and gravitational properties of the electron provide us with an insight into its nature?" In: V. Simulik (ed.), What is the electron? Modern structures, theories, hypotheses, (Apeiron, Montreal), pp. 169-180.
  10. (1988) "Weyl's View on the Objective World." In: Exact Sciences and their Philosophical Foundations. Edited by W. Deppert, K. Hübner, A. Oberschelp, and V. Weidemann. Frankfurt am Main, Bern, New York, Paris: P. Lang, pp. 519-524.
  11. (1986) "The Flow of Time According to the Eleatic Philosophy and the Theory of Relativity". In: Structur und Dynamik wissenschaftlicher Theorien. Edited by C. Tögel. Frankfurt am Main, Bern, New York: P. Lang, pp. 121-149.


III. ARTICLES IN JOURNALS AND MAGAZINES

  1. (2016) V. Petkov, The Ultimate Judge: Time does not Flow since it is the Fourth Dimension of the Real World (Cog!to, June 2016)
  2. (2007) V. Petkov, "On the Reality of Minkowski Space" (free download). Foundations of Physics, Volume 37, Number 10 (October, 2007), pp. 1499-1502. Local file.
  3. (1995) S. K. Misra and V. Petkov, "Electron Paramagnetic and Muon Spin Resonance Studies in Fullerenes", Applied Magnetic Resonance, 8, pp. 277-310.
  4. (1995) S. K. Misra, Y. Chang, V. Petkov, S. Isber, S. Charar, C. Fau, M. Averous and Z. Golacki, "Electron Paramagnetic Resonance of Eu2+ in the dilute magnetic semiconductor Pb1-xEux Se (x = 0.013) with a cubic structure", Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 7, pp. 9897-9904.
  5. (1989) V. Petkov, "Simultaneity, Conventionality and Existence". The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, 40, pp. 69-76. Local file.
  6. (1987) V. Petkov, "On the Ontological Status of the Minkowski World". Darshana International, 27, No 2, pp. 32-38.
  7. (1987) V. Petkov, L. Nanova and V. Russanov, "Identifying the Corrosion Products of Tin-Bismuth Alloy Layers by Using the Mössbauer Spectroscopy Method." Corrosion Protection of Metals, 23, pp. 521-523 (in Russian).


IV. ARTICLES at the arXiv.org e-Print archive* and elsewhere

  1. (2012) Spacetime and Reality: Facing the Ultimate Judge.
  2. (2011) "Continuous and Discrete Aspects of Nature", Fourth prize of the 2011 FQXi (Foundational Questions Institute) Essay Contest "Is Reality Digital or Analog?"
  3. (2010) "Lessons from failures to achieve what was possible in the twentieth century physics", Fourth prize of the 2010 FQXi Essay Contest "What is Ultimately Possible in Physics?" Alernative download 1: arXiv:1001.4218v1; Alternative download 2: Google
  4. (2009) "Accelerating spaceships paradox and physical meaning of length contraction".
  5. (2008) "Time and Reality of Worldtubes".
  6. "Acceleration-dependent self-interaction effects as a possible mechanism of inertia".
  7. "On the nature of the force acting on a charged classical particle deviated from its geodesic path in a gravitational field".
  8. "Propagation of light in non-inertial reference frames".
  9. "Is the active gravitational mass of a charged body distance-dependent?".
* The results of papers 6-8 have been published in my book Relativity and the Nature of Spacetime 2ed. (Springer, 2009).


V. CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS

  1. (2016) "Might have Minkowski discovered the cause of gravity before Einstein?" Fourth International Conference on the Nature and Ontology of Spacetime, Golden Sands, Varna, Bulgaria May 30 - June 2, 2016
  2. (2010) Commentary on Kent Peacock's paper "Can Quantum Mechanics Unfreeze Time?" The Canadian Philosophical Association Congress 2010 (Concordia University, Montreal, May 30 - June 2, 2010).
  3. (2010) "Realism and explanation - the necessary common ground for a genuinely fruitful interaction between science and philosophy of science." Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science (Concordia University, Montreal, May 28-30, 2010)
  4. (2008) "Can the Growing Block Model of the Universe Save the Objectivity of Becoming?", Third International Conference on the Nature and Ontology of Spacetime, Concordia University, Montreal, June 13-15, 2008.
  5. (2006) "Why presentism is definitely wrong", TaU (Time and Universe) Workshop, Concordia University, Montreal, June 12-13, 2006.
  6. (2006) "One-way Velocity of Light, Conventionality of Simultaneity, Dimensionality, and Existence", Second International Conference on the Ontology of Spacetime, Concordia University, Montreal, June 9-11, 2006.
  7. (2004) "Inertia as a manifestation of the reality of spacetime", First International Conference on the Ontology of Spacetime, Concordia University, Montreal, May 11-14, 2004.
  8. (2002) Commentary on Storrs McCall's paper "The 3D/4D Debate", The Canadian Philosophical Association Congress 2002, University of Toronto, May 25 - 28, 2002.
  9. (2001) "What is general relativity silent on?", 10th UK Conference on the Foundations of Physics, Queen's University, Belfast, UK, September 10-14, 2001.
  10. Petkov, V. (2001) "Does contemporary physics provide an experimentally supported theoretical basis for controlling inertia and gravitation - the ultimate goal of advanced propulsion?", First International Field Propulsion Meeting, University of Sussex, Brighton, England. 20-22 January 2001.
  11. Petkov, V. (1999) "Propulsion Through Electromagnetic Self-Sustained Acceleration". In Proceedings of the 35th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit, June 20-24, 1999 , Los Angeles, California, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Journal, Washington, DC, paper no. AIAA-99-2144.
  12. Petkov, V. (1998) "On the Possibility of a Propulsion Drive Creation Through a Local Manipulation of Spacetime Geometry". In Proceedings of the 34th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit, July 12-15, 1998, Cleveland, Ohio, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Journal, Washington, DC, paper no. AIAA-98-3142.
  13. Petkov, V. (1997) "Inertia, Gravitation and Electromagnetic Mass" A Symposium: Causality and Locality in Modern Physics and Astronomy: Open Questions and Possible Solutions in Honour of Jean-Pierre Vigier held at York University, Toronto, August 25-29, 1997.
  14. (1989) "Quantum Mechanics and the Special Theory of Relativity: On the Limits of their Validity." Philosophy of Science Conference. Dubrovnik, Croatia.
  15. (1988) "The Flow of Time - Objective or Minddependent?" XVIII World Congress of Philosophy, Brighton, England, August 21-27, 1988.
  16. (1987) "The Flow of Time and the Conventionality of Simultaneity". In: Abstracts of the 8th International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science. Moscow, Russia, August 17-22, 1987, Vol. 2, pp. 108-110.
  17. (1987) "What is the Quantum Mechanical Object?" In: Abstracts of the 8th International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science. Moscow, Russia, August 17-22, 1987, Vol. 2, pp. 142-145 (with A. Stefanov).


VI. TALKS AND ATTENDED CONFERENCES

  1. (2009) Bell's accelerating spaceships paradox and relativistic length contraction (Dedicated to the one hundredth anniversary of the publication of Hermann Minkowski's paper "Space and Time" in 1909) Montreal Joint High Energy Physics Seminars, Université de Montréal. Thursday, March 12, 2009.
  2. (2008) Spacetime and Reality: Hermann Minkowski's Discovery of Spacetime and its Implications for our Understanding of Reality. Public lecture at the end of the Third International Conference on the Nature and Ontology of Spacetime organized by the International Society for the Advanced Study of Spacetime and the Montreal Inter-University Seminar on the History and Philosophy of Science. June 15, 2008.
  3. (2008) TaU (Time and Universe) Workshop, Concordia University, Montreal. June 11-12, 2008.
  4. (2007) Spacetime and Reality. Public Lecture at Sofia University, Monday, September 3, 2007.
  5. (2007) The Nature of Spacetime and Free Will, Montreal Inter-University Seminar on the History and Philosophy of Science. Wednesday, January 31, 2007.
  6. (2006) Conference in Honour of Abner Shimony, Perimeter Institute. July 18-21, 2006.
  7. (2006) Worldtubes and Inertia, Montreal Joint High Energy Physics Seminars, Université de Montréal. Thursday, June 29, 2006.
  8. (2003) Can there be a final scientific theory - the correspondence principle and the growth of scientific knowledge, Montreal Inter-University Seminar on the History and Philosophy of Science. Tuesday, October 28, 2003.
  9. (2002) Propagation of light in a gravitational field, McGill University's High Energy Informal Pizza Seminars. Tuesday, February 26, 2002.
  10. (2002) Does the theory of relativity relativize existence as well? Montreal Inter-University Seminar on the History and Philosophy of Science. Tuesday, January 29, 2002.





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