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Physical Relativity: Space-time structure from a dynamical perspective

Harvey R. Brown


This book explores the nature of the distinction at the heart of Einstein's 1905 formulation of his special theory of relativity: that between kinematics and dynamics. Einstein himself became increasingly uncomfortable with this distinction, and with the limitations of what he called the ‘principle theory’ approach inspired by the logic of thermodynamics. A handful of physicists and philosophers have over the last century likewise expressed doubts about Einstein's treatment of the relativistic behaviour of rigid bodies and clocks in motion in the kinematical part of his great paper, and sugges ... More

Keywords: Einstein, special theory of relativity, kinematics, dynamics, principle theory, thermodynamics, rigid bodies, clocks in motion, Minkowski

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199275830
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199275831.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harvey R. Brown, author
University of Oxford
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