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Strange Couplings and Space-time Structure

Weinstein, Steven (1996) Strange Couplings and Space-time Structure. [Preprint]


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General relativity is commonly thought to imply the existence of a unique metric structure for space-time. A simple example is presented of a general relativistic theory with ambiguous metric structure. Brans-Dicke theory is then presented as a further example of a space-time theory in which the metric structure is ambiguous. Other examples of theories with ambiguous metrical structure are mentioned. Finally, it is suggested that several new and interesting philosophical questions arise from the sorts of theories discussed.

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Item Type: Preprint
Weinstein, Steven
Keywords: General relativity spacetime space-time metric Brans-Dicke
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Steven Weinstein
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2002
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:11
Item ID: 833

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