Some Remarks on the Theory of Relativity and the Naïve Realism

  • Vieri Benci


The physics of the first part of the twentieth century has changed our image of the universe in a very profound way. Probably those changes have been more dramatic than those created by the birth of modern science during the seventeenth century. In fact during the seventeenth century the Aristotelic philosophy was rejected as the basic framework in which it was possible to organize known facts. The new ideas of this century have changed our image of the universe in an even more drastic way: not only has the Newtonian paradigm been rejected but also so have the basic categories of our knowledge:
  • space is not Euclidean

  • time does not flow with the same speed in any part of the universe: the notion of contemporareity makes no sense and hence any distinction between past and future is meaningless

  • space and time are mixed together

  • there is an absolute constant (ħ) which fixes a priori the limits of our knowledge

  • the material world does not have any reality per se, but instead reality exists as consequence of the operation of measurement performed by an observer (at least at atomic level).

  • measurements determine not only the present and the future, but also the past (Delayed Choice Experiments).


Solitary Wave Euclidean Geometry Absolute Time Absolute Space Poincare Group 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vieri Benci
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  1. 1.Centro Interdisciplinare per lo Studio dei Sistemi Complessi (CISSC) and Dipartimento di Matematica Applicata “U. Dini”Università di PisaPisaItalia

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