Global Spacetime Structure

Publication Year:
2011
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/8739
Author(s):
Manchak, John Byron
preprint description
Here, we outline the basic structure of relativistic spacetime and record a number of facts. We then consider a distinction between local and global spacetime properties and provide important examples of each. We also examine two clusters of global properties and question which of them should be regarded as physically reasonable. The properties concern "singularities" and "time travel" and are therefore of some philosophical interest.