The Definition of Mach’s Principle

Julian Barbour

Two definitions of Mach’s principle are proposed. Both are related to gauge theory, are universal in scope and amount to formulations of causality that take into account the relational nature of position, time, and size. One of them leads directly to general relativity and may have relevance to the problem of creating a quantum theory of gravity.

arXiv : http://arxiv.org/abs/1007.3368

 

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