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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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    Abstract

    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
    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 11:16
    Item ID: 3954
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3954

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