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The Anderson-Friedman Absolute Objects Program: Several Successes, One Difficulty

Pitts, J. Brian (2006) The Anderson-Friedman Absolute Objects Program: Several Successes, One Difficulty. In: UNSPECIFIED.


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The Anderson-Friedman absolute objects project is reviewed. The Jones-Geroch dust 4-velocity counterexample is resolved by eliminating irrelevant structure. Torretti's example involving constant curvature spaces is shown to have an absolute object on Anderson's analysis. The previously neglected threat of an absolute object from an orthonormal tetrad used for coupling spinors to gravity appears resolvable by eliminating irrelevant fields and using a modified spinor formalism. However, given Anderson's definition, GTR itself has an absolute object (as Robert Geroch has observed recently): a change of variables to a conformal metric density and a scalar density shows that the latter is absolute.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Pitts, J. Brian
Keywords: general covariance, absolute object, spinor, density
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
Depositing User: Dr. Dr. J. Brian Pitts
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:14
Item ID: 3005

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