Metaphysics and Relativity

Authored by: Katherine Hawley

The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics

Print publication date:  April  2009
Online publication date:  April  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415396318
eBook ISBN: 9780203879306
Adobe ISBN: 9781134155866

10.4324/9780203879306.ch47

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Abstract

Isaac Newton gave us a theory about how objects move, forces interact, and gravity operates. Centuries later, Albert Einstein transformed physics, first with his special theory of relativity (SR) and then with his general theory of relativity (GR). SR tells us how objects move when they are unaffected by gravity; GR generalises the account to include gravity.

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