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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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    Abstract

    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 09:42
    Last Modified: 22 Jun 2012 09:42
    Item ID: 9181
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9181

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