Chapter 3: Spacetime Structuralism

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In this essay, I consider the ontological status of spacetime from the points of view of the standard tensor formalism and three alternatives: twistor theory, Einstein algebras, and geometric algebra. I briefly review how classical field theories can be formulated in each of these formalisms, and indicate how this suggests a structural realist interpretation of spacetime.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-65
Number of pages29
JournalPhilosophy and Foundations of Physics
Volume1
Issue numberC
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006

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Albert Einstein
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Chapter 3 : Spacetime Structuralism. / Bain, Jonathan.

In: Philosophy and Foundations of Physics, Vol. 1, No. C, 2006, p. 37-65.

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