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Foundations of Quantum Gravity by James Lindesay

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1 Classical special relativity

1.1 Foundations of special relativity

The special theory of relativity has had a profound impact upon notions of time and space within the scientific and philosophic communities. This well-established model of local coordinate transformations in the universe is built upon two fundamental postulates:

  • The principle of relativity: the laws of physics apply in all inertial reference systems;
  • The universality of the speed of light: the speed of light in a vacuum is the same for all inertial observers, regardless of the motion of the source or observer.

The principle of relativity is not unique to the special theory of relativity; indeed it is assumed within Galilean relativity. However, if the equations of electrodynamics ...

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