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The Postulates of Relativity

Walter Babin
Year: 2009
Keywords: Relativity Postulates
First Postulate: The laws of physics are the same in all inertial frames of reference. In analyzing this statement, we see that it contains the concept of a set of laws that have universal application, and that these laws apply to each and every frame of reference. We may therefore identify two possibilities with respect to it:
  1. That we have a universal super-ordinate or sub-ordinate continuum whose attributes influence every particle of matter.
  2. That every distinct and separate particle is equally constituted (has the same basic characteristics).

Both interpretations are valid, but mutually exclusive. In order to qualify as physics, each must exhibit physical characteristics. Otherwise, we are dealing with metaphysics. The inability to distinguish this difference is the principle cause of the chaotic state in which physics finds itself.