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Matter or geometry as fundamental in relativity theory: How not to teach special relativity

Hoving, Darryl G. (2013) Matter or geometry as fundamental in relativity theory: How not to teach special relativity. [Preprint]

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In this paper, I review a number of interpretational frameworks for relativistic phenomena like length contraction and relativity of simultaneity. Of central focus is the book Physical Relativity by Harvey Brown, where Brown advocates a view in which matter takes ontological priority over geometry. I discuss Brown’s claims and examine some of the criticisms they have received. I discuss the nature of simultaneity in particular, sketching the historical context and commenting on its relation to some of Brown’s broader arguments. Finally, I examine the consequences that Brown’s thesis has for what constitutes good pedagogy when teaching special relativity.


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Hoving, Darryl G.dghoving@uwaterloo.ca
Keywords: relativity, spacetime ontology, constructivism
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Mr. Darryl Hoving
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2013 13:45
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2013 13:45
Item ID: 9737
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: 14 May 2013
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/9737

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