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Geodesic Universality in General Relativity

Tamir, Michael (2012) Geodesic Universality in General Relativity. In: [2012] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers.

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    Abstract

    According to (Tamir, 2012), the geodesic principle strictly interpreted is compatible with Einstein’s field equations only in pathologically unstable circumstances and, hence, cannot play a fundamental role in the theory. In this paper it is shown that geodesic dynamics can still be coherently reinterpreted within contemporary relativity theory as a universality thesis. By developing an analysis of universality in physics, we argue that the widespread geodesic clustering of diverse free-fall massive bodies observed in nature qualifies as a universality phenomenon. We then show how this near-geodetic clustering can be explained despite the pathologies associated with strict geodesic motion in Einstein’s theory.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: Geodesic, Universality, Idealization, Relativity Theory, Einstein
    Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Statistical Mechanics/Thermodynamics
    Conferences and Volumes: [2012] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 23rd Biennial Mtg (San Diego, CA) > PSA 2012 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Michael Tamir
    Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2012 23:18
    Last Modified: 16 Sep 2012 23:18
    Item ID: 9331
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9331

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