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The Local Validity of Special Relativity, Part 2: Matter Dynamics

Fletcher, Samuel C. and Weatherall, James Owen (2022) The Local Validity of Special Relativity, Part 2: Matter Dynamics. [Preprint]

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Abstract

In this two-part essay, we distinguish several senses in which general relativity has been regarded as "locally special relativistic". In Part 1, we focused on senses in which a relativistic spacetime may be said to be "locally (approximately) Minkowskian". Here, in Part 2, we consider what it might mean to say that a matter theory is "locally special relativisitc". We isolate and evaluate three criteria in the literature and show that they are incompatible: matter theories satisfying one will generally violate others. We then consider what would happen if any of those criteria failed for a given theory.


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Item Type: Preprint
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CreatorsEmailORCID
Fletcher, Samuel C.scfletch@umn.edu0000-0002-9061-8976
Weatherall, James Owenweatherj@uci.edu
Keywords: general relativity, special relativity, normal coordinates, strong equivalence principle
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Depositing User: James Owen Weatherall
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2022 11:48
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2022 11:48
Item ID: 20782
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Date: 2022
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20782

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