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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: LIGHT-SPEED CONSTANCY VERSUS LIGHT-SPEED INVARIANCE IN THE DERIVATION OF RELATIVISTIC KINEMATICS
Author: BROWN, HR
MAIA, A
Abstract: It is still perhaps not widely appreciated that in 1905 Einstein used his postulate concerning the 'constancy' of the light-speed in the 'resting' frame, in conjunction with the principle of relativity, to derive numerical light-speed invariance. Now a 'weak' version of the relativity principle (or, alternatively, appeal to the Michelson-Morley experiment) leads from Einstein's light postulate to a condition that we call universal light-speed constancy, which is weaker than light-speed invariance. It follows from earlier independent investigations (Robertson [1949]; Steigler [1952]; Tzanakis and Kyritsis [1984]) that this condition is none the less sufficient to derive the Lorentz transformations up to a scale factor, given the well-known kinematic principle of 'reciprocity'. In this paper, we follow Robertson and explore the kinematics consistent with universal light-speed constancy without imposing reciprocity, and we recover the Lorentz transformations by further appeal only to the weak relativity principle and spatial isotropy.
Country: Inglaterra
Editor: Oxford Univ Press United Kingdom
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1093/bjps/44.3.381
Date Issue: 1993
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