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Is spacetime a physical thing

  1. Jun 14, 2005 #1


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    Title: Is empty spacetime a physical thing?
    Authors: Diego Meschini, Markku Lehto
    Comments: Latex, 21 pages

    This article deals with empty spacetime and the question of its physical reality. By "empty spacetime" we mean a collection of bare spacetime points, the remains of ridding spacetime of all matter and fields. We ask whether these geometric objects--themselves intrinsic to the concept of field--might be observable through some physical test. By taking quantum-mechanical notions into account, we challenge the negative conclusion drawn from the diffeomorphism invariance postulate of general relativity, and we propose new foundational ideas regarding the possible observation--as well as conceptual overthrow--of this geometric ether.
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