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Shape Dynamics: Relativity and Relationalism

Flavio Mercati


Shape Dynamics is a new theory of gravity that is based on fewer and more fundamental first principles than General Relativity. The most important feature of this theory is the replacement of relativity of simultaneity with a more tractable gauge symmetry, namely invariance under spatial conformal transformations. This book contains both a quick introduction for readers curious about Shape Dynamics and a detailed walk-through of the historical and conceptual motivations for the theory, its logical development from first principles and an in-depth description of its present status. The book is ... More

Keywords: Shape Dynamics, General Relativity, conformal geometry, relationalism, Mach’s principle, cosmology, black holes, singularities, gauge theory, constrained systems

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198789475
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198789475.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Flavio Mercati, author
Postdoctoral Fellow, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Canada