Synthese

, Volume 186, Issue 3, pp 633–649

A logic road from special relativity to general relativity

Authors

  • Hajnal Andréka
    • Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Judit X. Madarász
    • Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
    • Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Gergely Székely
    • Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11229-011-9914-8

Cite this article as:
Andréka, H., Madarász, J.X., Németi, I. et al. Synthese (2012) 186: 633. doi:10.1007/s11229-011-9914-8

Abstract

We present a streamlined axiom system of special relativity in first-order logic. From this axiom system we “derive” an axiom system of general relativity in two natural steps. We will also see how the axioms of special relativity transform into those of general relativity. This way we hope to make general relativity more accessible for the non-specialist.

Keywords

Relativity theoryLogical foundationsAxiomatization

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011