David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Synthese 24 (1-2):236 - 280 (1972)
Temporal betweenness in space-time is defined solely in terms of light signals, using a signalling relation that does not distinguish between the sender and the receiver of a light signal. Special relativity and general relativity are considered separately, because the latter can be treated only locally. We conclude that the (local) coherence of time can be described if we know only which pairs of space-time points are light-connected. Other consequences in the case of special relativity: (1) a categorical axiom system exists in terms of nondirected light connection alone, with neither particle nor time order as a primitive concept, though we do not actually present the axioms; (2) any concept definable by coordinates is also definable in terms of nondirected light signals if and only if it is invariant under Lorentz transformations, translations, dilations, space reflections, and time reflections; and (3) any transformation of space-time (not necessarily continuous) which preserves nondirected light connection is a product of transformations just listed above. The bulk of the paper is devoted to proving that the definitions we give correspond to their intended interpretations in the usual space-time continua.
|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
Rudolf Carnap (1958). Introduction to Symbolic Logic and its Applications. New York, Dover Publications.
Kurt Gödel (1949). An Example of a New Type of Cosmological Solutions of Einsteinâs Field Equations of Gravitation. Reviews of Modern Physics 21:447–450.
Hans Reichenbach (1969). Axiomatization of the Theory of Relativity. University of California Press.
A. A. Robb (1914). A Theory of Time and Space. Cambridge University Press.
Citations of this work BETA
Andreas Kamlah (1973). Invarianzgesetze Und Zeitmetrik. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 4 (2):224-260.
Similar books and articles
Mario Bacelar Valente, Did the Concepts of Space and Time Change That Much with the 1905 Theory of Relativity?
Frank de Silva (1996). Foundation of All Axioms the Axioms of Consciousness (Consciousness and Special Relativity?). Engineering in Medicine and Biology 15 (3):21-26.
Håkan Törnebohm (1962). The Lorentz-Formulae and the Metrical Principle. Philosophy of Science 29 (3):269-278.
Pedro M. S. Alves (2008). Objective Time and the Experience of Time: Husserl's Theory of Time in Light of Some Theses of A. Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity. [REVIEW] Husserl Studies 24 (3):205-229.
Irving F. Laucks (1959). Was Newton Right After All? Philosophy of Science 26 (3):229-239.
Peter Mittelstaedt (2010). On the Meaning of the Constant "C" in Modern Physics. Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 41 (1):45 - 53.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads52 ( #37,734 of 1,679,398 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #183,003 of 1,679,398 )
How can I increase my downloads?