The Special Theory of Relativity

  • Ori BelkindEmail author
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 264)


The reconstruction of classical physics in previous chapters unveiled a conceptual relation between Galilean spacetime and Newtonian mass. Once the Galilean geometry of PUMs was assumed, the basic structure of Galilean spacetime was derived. The parameter μ 0, which was later used to reconstruct mass, was derived from an implicit spacetime symmetry. The full meaning of mass was captured when the reconstruction introduced the “classical” Criterion of Isolation and the Rule of Composition governing motions.


Reference Frame Composite System Relativistic Mass Rest Mass Spacetime Structure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of RichmondRichmondUSA

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