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Physical RelativitySpace-time structure from a dynamical perspective$
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Harvey R. Brown

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199275830

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199275831.001.0001

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What is Special Relativity?

What is Special Relativity?

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(p.128) 8 What is Special Relativity?
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Physical Relativity
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Harvey R. Brown (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199275831.003.0008

This chapter begins with a discussion of Minkowski's geometrization of special relativity (SR). It then discusses Minkowski space-time, what absolute geometry explains, and special relativity. It is argued that Einstein's contribution was not to establish a clear-cut divide between kinematics and dynamics, but the demonstration (a) of the full operational significance of the Lorentz transformations, and (b) that the latter could be obtained by imposing simple phenomenological constraints on the nature of the fundamental interactions in physics.

Keywords:   Minkowski, geometrization, absolute geometry, kinetics, dynamics, Lorentz transformations

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