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Axiomatizing Relativistic Dynamics using Formal Thought Experiments

Molnár, Attila and Székely, Gergely (2013) Axiomatizing Relativistic Dynamics using Formal Thought Experiments. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Thought experiments are widely used in the informal explanation of Relativity Theories; however, they are not present explicitly in formalized versions of Relativity Theory. In this paper, we present an axiom system of Special Relativity which is able to grasp thought experiments formally and explicitly. Moreover, using these thought experiments, we can provide an explicit definition of relativistic mass based only on kinematical concepts and we can geometrically prove the Mass Increase Formula in a natural way, without postulates of conservation of mass and momentum.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Keywords: First-order Modal Logic; Relativistic Dynamics; Thought Experiments; Definition of Mass
Subjects: General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Laws of Nature
Specific Sciences > Mathematics
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Operationalism/Instrumentalism
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
General Issues > Thought Experiments
Depositing User: Attila Molnar
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2013 08:37
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2014 18:48
Item ID: 9914

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