First, space has certain topological properties. The most important of these is continuity; that is, space can be subdivided in such a way that every point has a “neighborhood” that, no matter how many times it is subdivided or reduced, contains an infinite number of other points.
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Newton, Huygens, Leibniz, Berkeley, Maxwell, Kant, Mach, Poincaré―these are names to conjure with. The fact that not one of them was able to provide a coherent theory of the phenomena of classical rotation is at first blush astonishing.
— John Earman (1989)
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