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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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The View from General Relativity

The View from General Relativity

(p.150) 9 The View from General Relativity
Physical Relativity

Harvey R. Brown (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

In his 1923 book The Mathematical Theory of Relativity, Arthur Eddington distinguished between two chains of reasoning in general relativity. The first familiar one starts with the existence of the four-dimensional space-time interval ds, whose meaning is the usual one associated with the readings of physical rods and clocks and possibly light rays. The other less familiar chain of reasoning ‘binds the physical manifestations of the energy tensor and the interval; it passes from matter as now defined by the energy-tensor to the interval regarded as the result of measurements made with this matter.’ This chapter takes up the challenge of outlining this second chain of reasoning. In developing this reasoning, it argues that the dynamical underpinning of relativistic kinematics that has been defended in this book is consistent with the structure and logic of GR.

Keywords:   Eddington, Lovelock-Grigore theorems, matter, geodesic principle, strong equivalence principle, special relativity

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