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On the meaning of Lorentz covariance

Szabó, László E. (2003) On the meaning of Lorentz covariance. UNSPECIFIED.

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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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Szabó, László E.
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
Item ID: 1322
Public Domain: No
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1322

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