Unified field theory and the conventionality of geometry

Philosophy of Science 51 (4):685-689 (1984)
The existence of fields besides gravitation may provide us with a way to decide empirically whether spacetime is really a nonflat Riemannian manifold or a flat Minkowskian manifold that appears curved as a result of gravitational distortions. This idea is explained using a modification of Poincaré's famous 'diskworld'
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DOI 10.1086/289213
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