The Primacy of Geometry

Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 44 (3):357-364 (2013)
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We argue that current constructive approaches to the special theory of relativity do not derive the geometrical Minkowski structure from the dynamics but rather assume it. We further argue that in current physics there can be no dynamical derivation of primitive geometrical notions such as length. By this we believe we continue an argument initiated by Einstein.

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Amit Hagar
Indiana University, Bloomington
Meir Hemmo
University of Haifa

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