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Clarifying possible misconceptions in the foundations of general relativity

Abstract:
We discuss what we take to be three possible misconceptions in the foundations of general relativity, relating to: (a) the interpretation of the weak equivalence principle and the relationship between gravity and inertia; (b) the connection between gravitational redshift results and spacetime curvature; and (c) the Einstein equivalence principle and the ability to “transform away” gravity in local inertial coordinate systems.
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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1119/1.4943264

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University of Oxford
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HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
Role:
Author
Publisher:
American Association of Physics Teachers Publisher's website
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American Journal of Physics Journal website
Volume:
84
Issue:
5
Publication date:
2016-05-01
Acceptance date:
2016-02-23
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0002-9505
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613896
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2016-04-06

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