Szabó, László E. (2003) On the meaning of Lorentz covariance. UNSPECIFIED.
In classical mechanics, the Galilean covariance and the principle of relativity are completely equivalent and hold for all possible dynamical processes. In relativistic physics, on the contrary, the situation is much more complex: It will be shown that Lorentz covariance and the principle of relativity are not equivalent. The reason is that the principle of relativity actually holds only for the equilibrium quantities characterizing the equilibrium state of dissipative systems. In the light of this fact it will be argued that Lorentz covariance should not be regarded as a fundamental symmetry of the laws of physics.
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|Additional Information:||Published in: Foundations of Physics Letters 17 (2004) pp. 479 - 496.|
|Keywords:||special relativity, space-time, Lorentz covariance, special relativity principle|
|Subjects:||Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
|Depositing User:||Laszlo E. Szabo|
|Date Deposited:||04 Nov 2003|
|Last Modified:||07 Oct 2010 15:11|
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