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Charles W. Misner, Kip S. Thorne, and John Archibald Wheeler,*Gravitation*, Box 2.4. pp. 67–68 (W. H. Freeman, San Francisco, 1973). See also Jean-Marc Levy-Leblond, “Additivity, rapidity, relativity”,*Am. J. Phys.*
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Cornelius Lanczos,

*Space through the Ages. The Evolution of Geometrical Ideas from Pythagoras to Hilbert and Einstein* (Academic Press, New York, 1970), p. 66.

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Abraham A. Ungar, “Axiomatic approach to the nonassociative group of relativistic velocities.”

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Abraham A. Ungar, “The relativistic noncommutative nonassociative group of velocities and the Thomas rotation.”

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Abraham A. Ungar, “The relativistic velocity composition paradox and the Thomas rotation,”

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Abraham A. Ungar, “Weakly associative groups.”

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Abraham A. Ungar, “The expanding Minkowski space.”

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Abraham A. Ungar, “Group-like structure underlying the unit ball in real inner product spaces.”

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Abraham A. Ungar, “Quasidirect product groups and the Lorentz transformation group,” in T. M. Rassias (ed.),*Constantin Caratheodory: An International Tribute*, Vol. II, (World Scientific Publ., New Jersey, 1991), pp. 1378–1392.

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Abraham A. Ungar, “Successive Lorentz transformations of the electromagnetic field,”

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Abraham A. Ungar, “Thomas precession and its associated grouplike structure.”

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Abrhama A. Ungar, “A note on the Lorentz transformations linking initial and final 4-vectors.”

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Abraham A. Ungar, “The abstract Lorentz transformation group.”

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Abraham A. Ungar, “The holomorphic automorphism group of the complex disk.”

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Abraham A. Ungar, “The abstract complex Lorentz transformation group with real metric I: Special relativity formalism to deal with the holomorphic automorphism group of the Unit ball in any complex Hilbert space.”

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Abraham A. Ungar, “The abstract complex Lorentz transformation group with real metric II: The invariance group of the form |

*t*|

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**x**∥

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Yaakov Friedman and Abraham A. Ungar, “Gyrosemidirect product structure of bounded symmetric domains.”

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Yuching You and Abraham A. Ungar, “Equivalence of two gyrogroup structures on unit balls.”

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Abrham A. Ungar, “Extension of the unit disk gyrogroup into the unit ball of any real inner product space,”

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W. Benz,*Geometrische Transformationen Unter Besonderer Berücksichtigung der Lorentztranformationen* (Wissenschaftsverlag, Wien, 1992), Chap. 6.

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Abraham A. Ungar and Michael K. Kinyon,*Gyrogroups: The Symmetries of Thomas Precession* (Kluwer Academic Publishers, Doydrecht, in preparation); and A. B. Romanowska and J. D. H. Smith*Post-modern Algebra*, Vol. 2 (Wiley, New York, in preparation).

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In group theory a

*loop* is a groupoid (

*S*,+) with an identity element in which each of the two equations

*a+x=b* and

*y+a=b* for the unknowns

*x* and

*y* possesses a unique solution. Several of our identities can be found in the literature on loop theory; see, e.g., Alexander Kreuzer and Heinrich Wefelscheid, “On K-loops of finite order, To the memory of Hans Zassenhaus,”

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During a seminar on spacetime geometry that the author delivered at The University of Sydney, School of Mathematics and Statistics, April 18, 1996, Dr. Hugh Luckock stated that the splitting of spacetime into time and space, offered in gyrogroup theory by means of Thomas precession, may provide an answer to the desire to split the general relativistic notion of spacetime into space and time, expressed in: Charles W. Misner, Kip S. Thorne, and John Archibald Wheeler,*Gravitation* (W. H. Freeman, San Francisco, 1973), Section 24.1, p. 505.

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P. O. Miheev and L. V. Sabinin,*Quasigroups and Differential Geometry*, Chap. XII in O. Chein, Hala, O. Pflugfelder, and J. D. H. Smith (eds.),*Quasigroups and Loops: Theory and Applications* (Sigma Series in Pure Mathematics, Vol. 8, Heldermann Verlag, Berlin, 1990) pp. 357–430; and H. Karzel and M. J. Thomsen, “Near-rings, generalizations, near-rings with regular elements and applications, a report,”*Contributions to General Algebra* 8,*Proc. Conf. on Near-Rings and Near-Fields*, Linz, Austria, July 14–20, 1991.

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John D. Jackson,

*Classical Electrodynamics*, 2nd edn. (Wiley, New York, 1975), p. 517.

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“Thumbs partly up for Gravity Probe B.”*Science News*
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