David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
It is often claimed that the geodesic principle can be recovered as a theorem in general relativity. Indeed, it is claimed that it is a consequence of Einstein's equation (or of the conservation principle that is, itself, a consequence of that equation). These claims are certainly correct, but it may be worth drawing attention to one small qualification. Though the geodesic principle can be recovered as theorem in general relativity, it is not a consequence of Einstein's equation (or the conservation principle) alone. Other assumptions are needed to drive the theorems in question. One needs to put more in if one is to get the geodesic principle out. My goal in this short note is to make this claim precise (i.e., that other assumptions are needed).
|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
Elias Okon & Craig Callender (2011). Does Quantum Mechanics Clash with the Equivalence Principle—and Does It Matter? European Journal for Philosophy of Science 1 (1):133-145.
Michael Tamir (2012). Proving the Principle: Taking Geodesic Dynamics Too Seriously in Einstein's Theory. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 43 (2):137-154.
Eleanor Knox (2013). Effective Spacetime Geometry. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 44 (3):346-356.
Similar books and articles
Harvey R. Brown (1990). Does the Principle of Relativity Imply Winnie's (1970) Equal Passage Times Principle? Philosophy of Science 57 (2):313-324.
C. Hoefer (2000). Energy Conservation in GTR. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 31 (2):187-199.
Harvey R. Brown & Roland Sypel (1995). On the Meaning of the Relativity Principle and Other Symmetries. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 9 (3):235 – 253.
John D. Norton (1995). Did Einstein Stumble? The Debate Over General Covariance. Erkenntnis 42 (2):223 - 245.
Roger Jones (1980). Is General Relativity Generally Relativistic? PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1980:363 - 381.
Michel Ghins & Tim Budden (2001). The Principle of Equivalence. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 32 (1):33-51.
Added to index2009-12-28
Total downloads17 ( #82,065 of 1,089,063 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #69,801 of 1,089,063 )
How can I increase my downloads?