2001, a spacetime odyssey : proceedings of the Inaugural by M J Duff; James T Liu; Michigan Center for Theoretical

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Well, then, if place is none of the three-neither the form nor the matter nor an extension which is always there, different from, and over and above, the extension of the thing which is displacedplace necessarily is the one of the four which is left, namely, the boundary of the containing body at which it is in contact with the contained body. ) Place is thought to be something important and hard to grasp, both because the matter and the shape present themselves along with it, and because the displacement of the body that is moved takes place in a stationary container, for it seems possible that there should be an interval which is other than the bodies which are moved.

If this is its nature, the potency of place must be a marvellous thing, and take precedence of all other things. For that without which nothing else can exist, while it can exist without the others, must needs be first; for place does not pass out of existence when the things in it are annihilated. True, but even if we suppose its existence settled, the question of its nature presents difficultywhether it is some sort of 'bulk' of body or some entity other than that, for we must first determine its genus.

Hence it is plain that the infinite stands in the relation of part rather than of whole. com 39 PHYSICS the small ought to contain them. But it is absurd and impossible to suppose that the unknowable and indeterminate should contain and determine. Part 7 It is reasonable that there should not be held to be an infinite in respect of addition such as to surpass every magnitude, but that there should be thought to be such an infinite in the direction of division. For the matter and the infinite are contained inside what contains them, while it is the form which contains.

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