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Is Simultaneity Conventional Despite Malament's Result?

Rynasiewicz, Robert (2001) Is Simultaneity Conventional Despite Malament's Result? UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)


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Many take Malaments result that the standard Einstein simultaniety relation is uniquely definable from the causal structure of Minkowski space-time to be tantamount to a refutation of the claim that criterion for simultaneity in the special theory of relativity (STR) is a matter of convention. I call into question this inference by examining concrete alternatives and suggest that what has been overlooked is why it should be assumed that in STR simultaneity must be relative only to a frame of reference (or an inertial observer) and not to other parameters as well.

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Rynasiewicz, Robert
Keywords: simultaneity, convention, special relativity
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Robert Rynasiewicz
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2001
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:10
Item ID: 293
Public Domain: No

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