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The relativity of inertia and reality of nothing

Afriat, Alexander and Caccese, Ermenegildo (2009) The relativity of inertia and reality of nothing. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    We first see that the inertia of Newtonian mechanics is absolute and troublesome. General relativity can be viewed as Einstein’s attempt to remedy, by making inertia relative, to matter — perhaps imperfectly though, as at least a couple of freedom degrees separate inertia from matter in his theory. We consider ways the relationist (for whom it is of course unwelcome) can try to overcome such undetermination, dismissing it as physically meaningless, especially by insisting on the right transformation properties.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: inertia, Mach’s principle, general relativity, gravitational waves, energy conservation, Einstein
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Depositing User: Alexander Afriat
    Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2009
    Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 04:26
    Item ID: 4450
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/4450

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