On the Possibility of Supertasks in General Relativity

Publication Year:
2009
Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/5020
Author(s):
John Byron Manchak
preprint description
Malament-Hogarth spacetimes are the sort of models within general relativity that seem to allow for the possibility of supertasks. There are various ways in which these spacetimes might be considered physically problematic. Here, we examine these criticisms and investigate the prospect of escaping them.

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Malament–Hogarth spacetime

A Malament–Hogarth (M-H) spacetime, named after David B. Malament and Mark Hogarth, is a relativistic spacetime that possesses the following property: there exists a worldline \lambda and an event p such that all events along \lambda are a finite interval in the past of p, but...

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