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Special relativity, conventionalism vs. empiricism

  1. Dec 8, 2007 #1

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    I am searching for a book or online source that discusses the conventionalist vs. empiricist point of view on Einstein synchronization procedure. I would like to find there some explanation of Malament's argument and Reichenbach's view about synchronization. Also about tests of SR and the Mansouri-Sexl test theory of SR. The reference should contain detailed mathematical proofs.
     
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  3. Dec 8, 2007 #2

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    Unfortunately, I'm not up on the issues involved...
    but...

    Have you looked through
    philsci-archive.pitt.edu/view/subjects/relativity-theory.html ?

    Here is Malament's page:
    www.lps.uci.edu/home/fac-staff/faculty/malament/
    and his recent survey article:
    www.lps.uci.edu/home/fac-staff/faculty/malament/papers/GRSurvey.pdf (also: http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/0506065 )

    possibly useful:
    "Concepts of Simultaneity: From Antiquity to Einstein and Beyond"
    By Max Jammer
    http://books.google.com/books?id=vuTXBPvswOwC&dq=synchronization+reichenbach
     
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  4. Dec 9, 2007 #3

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    Malament's article will be of great help, thanks. The book by Jammer might be exactly what I am searching for but unfortunately there is no review in amazon.
     
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  5. Dec 9, 2007 #4

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