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The relativity of inertia and reality of nothing

Afriat, Alexander and Caccese, Ermenegildo (2008) The relativity of inertia and reality of nothing. [Preprint]


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The determination of inertia by matter is looked at in general relativity, where inertia can be represented by affine or projective structure. The matter tensor T seems to underdetermine affine structure by ten degrees of freedom, eight of which can be eliminated by gauge choices, leaving two. Their physical meaning---which is bound up with that of gravitational waves and the pseudotensor t, and with the conservation of energy-momentum---is considered, along with the dependence of reality on invariance and of causal explanation on conservation.

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Item Type: Preprint
Afriat, Alexander
Caccese, Ermenegildo
Keywords: relativity, Mach's principle, Einstein, inertia, gravitation, gravitational waves
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Alexander Afriat
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2008
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:16
Item ID: 3954

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