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The Motion of a Body in Newtonian Theories

Weatherall, James Owen (2010) The Motion of a Body in Newtonian Theories. [Preprint]

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Abstract

A theorem due to Bob Geroch and Pong Soo Jang [“Motion of a Body in General Relativity.” Journal of Mathematical Physics 16(1), (1975)] provides the sense in which the geodesic principle has the status of a theorem in General Relativity (GR). Here we show that a similar theorem holds in the context of geometrized Newtonian gravitation (often called Newton-Cartan theory). It follows that in Newtonian gravitation, as in GR, inertial motion can be derived from other central principles of the theory.


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Weatherall, James Owen
Keywords: inertial motion geodesic principle Newton-Cartan theory geometrized Newtonian gravitation
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Specific Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: James Owen Weatherall
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2010
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2011 00:02
Item ID: 5569
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5569

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