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Building on Hermann Minkowski’s mathematical insights (c. 1908), this book introduces the new notion of relativistic temporal geometry. A geometric model of time yields a simpler and more natural explanation of relativistic temporal effects than prevailing ideas and better explains astrophysical empirical observations, including evidence currently interpreted as accelerating cosmic expansion. It is shown that multiple independent data sets from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) are inconsistent with the standard cosmological model, yet these data provide robust empirical support for a revised model based on temporal geometry. This treatise also introduces several innovative and illuminating ideas related to relativity theory and quantum mechanics. Prerequisites for readers who are not academic professionals in physics or astronomy:This book has been written so as to be accessible to a broad technical audience. An academic background associated with a typical four-year scientific or engineering degree, which includes proficiency in advanced calculus and four semesters of physics or the equivalent, is sufficient. No additional training in specialized mathematics (e.g., differential geometry, algebraic geometry, or group theory) is required. |