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Inertial frames, special relativity and consistency

Srinivasan, Radhakrishnan (2002) Inertial frames, special relativity and consistency. [Preprint]

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      Abstract

      The theory of special relativity (SR) is considered in the framework of classical first-order logic. The four axioms of SR are: The existence of a flat four-dimensional spacetime continuum, the existence of global inertial frames of reference and Einstein's two postulates. The propositions permitted are those involving the kinematics and dynamics of SR as formulated from an inertial frame; these give a complete description of the evolution of the universe. Assuming SR as consistent, there must exist a model M for SR in which F is an inertial frame in a non-trivial universe U(IBC) of material objects, with appropriate initial-boundary conditions IBC specified. Let P be defined as ``F is an inertial frame in U(IBC)''. Using Goedel's second incompleteness theorem, it is argued that P is undecidable in SR. Let Q be any proposition such that (Q --> P) is not a theorem of SR. If, in addition, (P --> Q) is a theorem of SR then Q must necessarily be true in M. It follows that there must exist a model N for SR in which Q is true and P is false, i.e., F is an accelerated frame in U(IBC). The philosophical and mathematical implications of this result for the consistency of SR are discussed.


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      Item Type: Preprint
      Commentary on: Srinivasan, Radhakrishnan(2002) Quantum superposition justified in a new non-Aristotelian finitary logic. [Preprint]
      Keywords: inertial frames, consistency, Goedel's incompleteness theorems, self-reference, classical logic
      Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics
      Specific Sciences > Physics
      Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
      Depositing User: Radhakrishnan Srinivasan
      Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2002
      Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:10
      Item ID: 666
      URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/666

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