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Time, Inertia and the Relativity Principle

Arthur, Richard T. W. (2007) Time, Inertia and the Relativity Principle. In: [2007] Symposium on Time and Relativity (Minneapolis, MN, 25-27 October, 2007).

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    In this paper I try to sort out a tangle of issues regarding time, inertia, proper time and the so-called “clock hypothesis” raised by Harvey Brown's discussion of them in his recent book, Physical Relativity. I attempt to clarify the connection between time and inertia, as well as the deficiencies in Newton's “derivation” of Corollary 5, by giving a group theoretic treatment original with J.-P. Provost. This shows how both the Galilei and Lorentz transformations may be derived from the relativity principle on the basis of certain elementary assumptions regarding time. I then reflect on the implications of this derivation for understanding proper time and the clock hypothesis.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: Time, relativity, inertia, Harvey Brown, Physical Relativity
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Conferences and Volumes: [2007] Symposium on Time and Relativity (Minneapolis, MN, 25-27 October, 2007)
    Depositing User: Richard T. W. Arthur
    Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2007
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:15
    Item ID: 3660

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