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Dust, Time, and Symmetry

Belot, Gordon (2004) Dust, Time, and Symmetry. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    Two symmetry arguments are discussed, each purporting to show that there is no more room in general relativistic cosmology than in Minkowski spacetime for a preferred division of spacetime into instants of time. The first argument is due to Gödel, and concerns the symmetries of his famous rotating cosmologies. The second turns upon the symmetries of a certain space of relativistic possibilities. Both arguments are found wanting.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: Forthcoming in BJPS
    Keywords: Gödel, Symmetry, General Relativity, Time
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Depositing User: Gordon Belot
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2004
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:12
    Item ID: 1581
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1581

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