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Foundations of Physics

, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp 613–620 | Cite as

Mach's principle, relative motion, and fundamental numbers of physics

  • R. E. Eaves
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Abstract

Mach's principle is discussed as a fundamental statement on kinematics, and an apparent contradiction is identified in the Lorentz-Minkowski form of the inertial metric. To resolve the incompatibility, length is redefined so that the speed of light is a field-dependent variable, although still constant for all inertial observers at a point in space-time. Gravitational theories with variableG are considered, and it is shown that a redefinition of length and time results in constantG and variablec.

Keywords

Relative Motion Apparent Contradiction Gravitational Theory Fundamental Statement Inertial Observer 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. E. Eaves
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  1. 1.Division of EngineeringBrown UniversityProvidence

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