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Spacetime and Reality: Facing the Ultimate Judge

Petkov, Vesselin (2012) Spacetime and Reality: Facing the Ultimate Judge. [Preprint]


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Over a hundred years ago in his paper "Space and Time" Hermann Minkowski demonstrated the profound
meaning of the relativity postulate - the experimental fact that physical phenomena are the same in all inertial
reference frames implies that the Universe is an absolute four-dimensional world in which all moments of time have
equal existence due to their belonging to the fourth (time) dimension. Since then there has been no consensus on
the reality of this absolute world, which we now call Minkowski spacetime or simply spacetime. I will argue that
facing the ultimate judge - the experimental evidence - allows us to settle this issue once and for all.

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Item Type: Preprint
Keywords: Minkowski, absolute world, spacetime, relativity of simultaneity, length contraction
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Vesselin Petkov
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2012 13:42
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2012 13:42
Item ID: 9181

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