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Global Spacetime Structure

Manchak, John Byron (2011) Global Spacetime Structure. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    Here, we outline the basic structure of relativistic spacetime and record a number of facts. We then consider a distinction between local and global spacetime properties and provide important examples of each. We also examine two clusters of global properties and question which of them should be regarded as physically reasonable. The properties concern "singularities" and "time travel" and are therefore of some philosophical interest.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: To appear in Batterman (ed) *The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Physics*.
    Keywords: General Relativity, Spacetime, Singularities, Determinism, Time Travel
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Depositing User: John Byron Manchak
    Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2011 13:23
    Last Modified: 29 Jul 2011 13:23
    Item ID: 8739
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8739

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