Classical Relativity Theory.
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This survey article is divided into two parts. In the first (section 2), I give a brief account of the structure of classical relativity theory. In the second (section 3), I discuss three special topics: (i) the status of the relative simultaneity relation in the context of Minkowski spacetime; (ii) the ``geometrized" version of Newtonian gravitation theory (also known as Newton-Cartan theory); and (iii) the possibility of recovering the global geometric structure of spacetime from its ``causal structure".
||This is a revised version of a paper submitted previously. The most important changes concern section 2.5.
||relativity theory; spacetime structure; Newtonian gravitation theory; simultaneity; causal structure
||Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
David B. Malament
||18 Aug 2005
||07 Oct 2010 15:13
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