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The relativity of inertia and reality of nothing

Afriat, Alexander and Caccese, Ermenegildo (2009) The relativity of inertia and reality of nothing. Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 41. pp. 9-26. ISSN 1355-2198

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We first see that the inertia of Newtonian mechanics is absolute and troublesome. General relativity can be viewed as Einstein’s attempt to remedy, by making inertia relative to matter — perhaps imperfectly though, as at least a couple of freedom degrees separate inertia from matter in his theory. We consider ways the relationist (for whom it is of course unwelcome) can try to overcome such undetermination, dismissing it as physically meaningless, especially by insisting on the right transformation properties.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Afriat, Alexander
Caccese, Ermenegildo
Keywords: inertia, Mach’s principle, general relativity, gravitational waves, energy conservation, Einstein
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Alexander Afriat
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2013 08:26
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 08:26
Item ID: 9922
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Publisher: Elsevier
Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1016/j.shpsb.2009.08.003
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: February 2009
Page Range: pp. 9-26
Volume: 41
ISSN: 1355-2198
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9922

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