Manchak, John Byron
Can We Know the Global Structure of Spacetime?
Here, we briefly review the notion of observational indistinguishability within the context of classical general relativity. We settle a conjecture given by Malament (1977) concerning the subject and then strengthen the result considerably. The upshot is this: There seems to be a robust sense in which the global structure of every cosmological model is underdetermined.
|Manchak, John Byron|
||Forthcoming in Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
||Epistemology, Observational Indistinguishability, Underdetermination, General Relativity, Cosmology
||Specific Sciences > Physics
John Byron Manchak
||16 Aug 2008
||07 Oct 2010 15:16
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