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What is (not) wrong with scalar gravity?

Giulini, Domenico (2006) What is (not) wrong with scalar gravity? [Preprint]


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On his way to General Relativity (GR) Einstein gave several arguments as to why a special relativistic theory of gravity based on a massless scalar field could be ruled out merely on grounds of theoretical considerations. We re-investigate his two main arguments, which relate to energy conservation and some form of the principle of the universality of free fall. We find that such a theory-based a priori abandonment not to be justified. Rather, the theory seems formally perfectly viable, though in clear contradiction with (later) experiments.

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Item Type: Preprint
Giulini, Domenico
Keywords: General Relativity, Special Relativity, Field Theory
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Depositing User: Domenico Giulini
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:14
Item ID: 3069

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