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Global Spacetime Structure

Manchak, John Byron (2011) Global Spacetime Structure. [Preprint]


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Here, we outline the basic structure of relativistic spacetime and record a number of facts. We then consider a distinction between local and global spacetime properties and provide important examples of each. We also examine two clusters of global properties and question which of them should be regarded as physically reasonable. The properties concern "singularities" and "time travel" and are therefore of some philosophical interest.

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Item Type: Preprint
Manchak, John
Additional Information: To appear in Batterman (ed) *The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Physics*.
Keywords: General Relativity, Spacetime, Singularities, Determinism, Time Travel
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: John Byron Manchak
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2011 17:23
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2011 17:23
Item ID: 8739
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: July 2011

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