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Epistemic Relativity: An Experimental Approach to Physics

  • Bartolomé CollEmail author
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Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 196)

Abstract

The recent concept of relativistic positioning system (RPS) has opened the possibility of making Relativity the general standard frame in which to state any physical problem, theoretical or experimental. Because the velocity of propagation of the information is finite, epistemic relativity proposes to integrate the physicist as a truly component of every physical problem, taking into account explicitly what information, when and where, the physicist is able to know. This leads naturally to the concept of relativistic stereometric system (RSS), allowing to measure the intrinsic properties of physical systems. Together, RPSs and RSSs complete the notion of laboratory in general relativity, allowing to perform experiments in finite regions of any space-time. Epistemic relativity incites the development of relativity in new open directions: advanced studies in RPSs and RSSs, intrinsic characterization of gravitational fields, composition laws for them, construction of a finite-differential geometry adapted to RPSs and RSSs, covariant approximation methods, etc. Some of these directions are sketched here, and some open problems are posed.

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Acknowledgements

This work has been supported by the Spanish “Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad”, MICINN-FEDER project FIS2015-64552-P.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Relativistic Positioning Systems, Department of Astronomy & AstrophysicsUniversity of ValenciaBurjassot, ValenciaSpain

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