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Classical Relativity Theory

Malament, David (2005) Classical Relativity Theory. [Preprint]

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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".

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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: This is a revised version of a paper submitted previously. The most important changes concern section 2.5.
    Keywords: relativity theory; spacetime structure; Newtonian gravitation theory; simultaneity; causal structure
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Depositing User: David B. Malament
    Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2005
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:13
    Item ID: 2406

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