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Relativity without tears

Silagadze, Zurab (2008) Relativity without tears. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    Special relativity is no longer a new revolutionary theory but a firmly established cornerstone of modern physics. The teaching of special relativity, however, still follows its presentation as it unfolded historically, trying to convince the audience of this teaching that Newtonian physics is natural but incorrect and special relativity is its paradoxical but correct amendment. I argue in this article in favor of logical instead of historical trend in teaching of relativity and that special relativity is neither paradoxical nor correct (in the absolute sense of the nineteenth century) but the most natural and expected description of the real space-time around us valid for all practical purposes. This last circumstance constitutes a profound mystery of modern physics better known as the cosmological constant problem.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: Published in Acta Physica Polonica B 39 (2008), 811
    Keywords: Special relativity
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Depositing User: Zurab Silagadze
    Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:16
    Item ID: 4000
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4000

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