The physical content of Minkowski geometry

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The standard coordinate-based formulation of the space-time theory of special relativity (Minkowski geometry) is philosophically unsatisfactory for various reasons. We here present an explicit axiomatic formulation of that theory in terms of primitives with a definitive physical interpretation, prove its equivalence to the standard coordinate formulation, and draw various philosophical conclusions concerning the physical content and assumptions of the space-time theory. The prevalent causal interpretation of physical Minkowski geometry deriving from Reichenbach is criticised on the basis of the present formulation
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DOI 10.1093/oxfordjournals.bjps/37.1.25
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A Star in the Minkowskian Sky: Anisotropic Special Relativity.T. Budden - 1997 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B 28 (3):325-361.
A Star in the Minkowskian Sky: Anisotropic Special Relativity.Tim Budden - 1997 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 28 (3):325-361.

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