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Spacetime Geometry

David M. Wittman

in The Elements of Relativity

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780199658633
eISBN:
9780191863653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199658633.003.0011
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

This chapter shows that the counterintuitive aspects of special relativity are due to the geometry of spacetime. We begin by showing, in the familiar context of plane geometry, how a metric equation ... More


General Covariance

Moataz H. Emam

in Covariant Physics: From Classical Mechanics to General Relativity and Beyond

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780198864899
eISBN:
9780191897313
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198864899.003.0005
Subject:
Physics, Condensed Matter Physics / Materials, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

The general theory of relativity is introduced based on the principle of equivalence. Gravity is shown to arise dues to spacetime curvature. Specific examples of curved spacetimes are presented from ... More


1921: “Critical or Empiricist Interpretation of the New Physics?”

Thomas Ryckman

in The Reign of Relativity: Philosophy in Physics 1915-1925

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780195177176
eISBN:
9780199835324
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195177177.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Mortiz Schlick’s article of this title was highly influential in convincing several generations of philosophers that GTR outrightly falsified any variety of Kantian epistemology. In fact, the ... More


Pseudo-Creation of the Big Bang

Adolf Grünbaum

in Collected Works, Volume I: Scientific Rationality, the Human Condition, and 20th Century Cosmologies

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199989928
eISBN:
9780199346356
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199989928.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Chapter finally considers the scientific credentials of the Big Bang model as compared to competing cosmological theories.


Potential

David M. Wittman

in The Elements of Relativity

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780199658633
eISBN:
9780191863653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199658633.003.0015
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

At any given event gravity accelerates all particles equally—yet gravity is very strong in some places and very weak in others. In this chapter, we learn a powerful thinking tool to help us deal with ... More


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