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Foundations of Physics

, Volume 10, Issue 11–12, pp 819–840 | Cite as

A quantum theory of space and time

  • Geoffrey Hemion
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Abstract

In the usual description of space and time, particles are represented by continuous world lines. We replace these world lines by discrete rows of points, obtaining a locally finite, partially ordered set. The “distances” between points along these discrete world lines, and also the “distances” between different world lines, are measured not simply as the distances within the space-time manifold in which the partially ordered set happens to be embedded, but rather in terms of the partially ordered set itself. It is found that variations in the density of points of the partially ordered set produce corresponding variations in the scale of “distances” within the set. These variations produce a gravitational effect which is similar to that of the general theory of relativity.

Keywords

Quantum Theory Minkowski Space Light Cone Metrical Structure Usual Formulation 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Geoffrey Hemion
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  1. 1.Fakultät für MathematikUniversität BielefeldBielefeldWest Germany

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