2. Relativity and Space-Time Structure

  1. Tim Maudlin

Published Online: 6 JUN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444396973.ch2

Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity: Metaphysical Intimations of Modern Physics, Third Edition

Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity: Metaphysical Intimations of Modern Physics, Third Edition

How to Cite

Maudlin, T. (2011) Relativity and Space-Time Structure, in Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity: Metaphysical Intimations of Modern Physics, Third Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444396973.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 JUN 2011
  2. Published Print: 8 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444331264

Online ISBN: 9781444396973

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Keywords:

  • Relativity and space-time structure;
  • gravitation and electrical forces, decaying with distance;
  • spatial separation, suggesting causal isolation - to the classical mind;
  • Relativity, and whether it really does forbid influences - between separated events;
  • coordinate systems, and Euclidean space - standard two-dimensional Euclidean plane;
  • ways, laying down families of coordinate curves - on the Euclidean plane;
  • invariant quantities, distinction - between two sorts of quantities;
  • coordinatizing three-dimensional Euclidean space - with Cartesian coordinates;
  • Einstein, and Special Relativity - radically new theory of structure of space and time;
  • counterintuitive aspects of Special Relativity flow - from Lorentz transformation

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Coordinate Systems: Euclidean Space

  • Invariant Quantities

  • Classical Space-times

  • Special Relativity

  • Consequences of the Lorentz Transformation

  • Lorentz Invariant Quantities