Conventionality in the Axiomatic Foundations of the Special Theory of Relativity

Philosophy of Science 36 (1):64 - 73 (1969)
In this paper we examine Ellis and Bowman's argument, that simultaneity in inertial frames of reference is not conventional, from the axiomatic point of view. In Part I we examine the role of conventions in an axiomatic physical theory, and in Part II the relation of simultaneity in Reichenbach's axiomatization of the space-time theory of special relativity.
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