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Does special relativity theory tell us anything new about space and time?

Szabó, László E. (2003) Does special relativity theory tell us anything new about space and time? . (Unpublished)

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It will be shown that, in comparison with the pre-relativistic Galileo-invariant conceptions, special relativity tells us nothing new about the geometry of spacetime. It simply calls something else "spacetime", and this something else has different properties. All statements of special relativity about those features of reality that correspond to the original meaning of the terms "space" and "time" are identical with the corresponding traditional pre-relativistic statements. It will be also argued that special relativity and Lorentz theory are completely identical in both senses, as theories about spacetime and as theories about the behavior of moving physical objects.


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Szabó, László E.
Additional Information: New version uploaded August 2005.
Keywords: special relativity, space-time, operationalism
Subjects: General Issues > Theory Change
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
General Issues > Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism
Depositing User: Prof. Laszlo E. Szabo
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2013 08:30
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2013 08:30
Item ID: 9885
Journal or Publication Title: Published version: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/5339/
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Subjects: General Issues > Theory Change
General Issues > Theory/Observation
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
General Issues > Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism
Date: August 2003
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9885

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