Foundations of Physics

, Volume 30, Issue 10, pp 1629–1641 | Cite as

On the Philosophical Foundations of Measurements in General Relativity

  • Giovanni Boniolo
  • Fernando de Felice


In this paper, first, the question of what a measurement is in General Relativity is tackled; then, some foundational problems it involves are analysed. In particular, by recalling what a measurement is in general, we will try to precisely define what it is in General Relativity. Then, we will analyse, by means of a suitable example, some foundational problems it involves. It will be stressed that such foundational problems do not arise owing to the gauge invariance or the correlation among the measuring observers but owing to the principle of equivalence.


General Relativity Gauge Invariance Philosophical Foundation Measuring Observer Foundational Problem 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giovanni Boniolo
    • 1
  • Fernando de Felice
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of PadovaPadovaItaly;
  2. 2.Department of Physics “G. Galilei,”University of PadovaPadovaItaly;

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