David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
It has been argued that the existence of a minimum observable interval of space and time (MOIST) is a model-independent result of the combination of quantum field theory and general relativity. In this paper, I promote this result to a fundamental postulate, called the MOIST postulate. It is argued that the postulate leads to the existence of a maximum signal speed and its invariance. This new result may have two interesting implications. On the one hand, it suggests that the MOIST postulate can explain the invariance of the speed of light, and thus it might provide a deeper logical foundation for special relativity. Moreover, it suggests that the speed constant c in modern physics is not the actual speed of light in vacuum, but the ratio of the minimum observable length to the minimum observable time interval. On the other hand, the result also suggests that the existing experiments confirming the invariance of the speed of light already provide observational evidence to support the MOIST postulate
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Harvey R. Brown & Adolfo Maia Jr (1993). Light-Speed Constancy Versus Light-Speed Invariance in the Derivation of Relativistic Kinematics. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 44 (3):381-407.
David Grandy (2011). Gibson's Ambient Light and Light Speed Constancy. Philosophical Psychology 25 (4):1-16.
Ettore Minguzzi & Alan Macdonald, Universal One-Way Light Speed From a Universal Light Speed Over Closed Paths.
Glen Monahan & Sarvraj Singh (2013). Interstellar Transmitter Concept (King David’s Sling). American Journal of Modern Physics 2 (3):138-143.
John A. Winnie (1970). Special Relativity Without One-Way Velocity Assumptions: Part II. Philosophy of Science 37 (2):223-238.
John A. Winnie (1970). Special Relativity Without One-Way Velocity Assumptions: Part I. Philosophy of Science 37 (1):81-99.
Narendra Katkar (2011). 'Speed of Light -A Fundamental Retrospection to Prospection'. Journal of American Science 7 (5):16.
Irving F. Laucks (1959). Was Newton Right After All? Philosophy of Science 26 (3):229-239.
Martin K. Solomon (1978). Some Results on Measure Independent Gödel Speed-Ups. Journal of Symbolic Logic 43 (4):667-672.
Arthur S. Otis (1963). Light Velocity and Relativity. [Yonkers-on-Hudson, N.Y.,C.E. Burckel.
Added to index2012-11-17
Total downloads34 ( #54,856 of 1,101,812 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #306,516 of 1,101,812 )
How can I increase my downloads?