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Field Unification in the Maxwell-Lorentz Theory with Absolute Space

Rynasiewicz, Robert (2002) Field Unification in the Maxwell-Lorentz Theory with Absolute Space. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    Although Trautman (1966) appears to give a unified-field treatment of electrodynamics in Newtonian spacetime, there are difficulties in cogently interpreting it as such in relation to the facts of electromagnetic and magneto-electric induction. Presented here is a covariant, non-unified field treatment of the Maxwell-Lorentz theory with absolute space. This dispels a worry in Earman (1989) as to whether there are any historically realistic examples in which absolute space plays an indispenable role. It also shows how Trautman`s formulation can be rendered coherent, albeit at the cost of de-unification, by reinterpreting the Maxwell tensor as a composite object involving, in part, elements from Newtonian spacetime.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: Relativity Theory, Fields and Particles, Quantum Field Theory
    Conferences and Volumes: [2002] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 18th Biennial Mtg - PSA 2002: Contributed Papers (Milwaukee, WI; 2002) > PSA 2002 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Program Committee
    Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2003
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:11
    Item ID: 1096
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1096

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