Background independence: Lessons for further decades of dispute

@article{Teitel2019BackgroundIL,
  title={Background independence: Lessons for further decades of dispute},
  author={Trevor Teitel},
  journal={Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics},
  year={2019},
  volume={65},
  pages={41-54}
}
  • Trevor Teitel
  • Published 2019
  • Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Abstract Background independence begins life as an informal property that a physical theory might have, often glossed as ‘doesn't posit a fixed spacetime background’. Interest in trying to offer a precise account of background independence has been sparked by the pronouncements of several theorists working on quantum gravity that background independence embodies in some sense an essential discovery of the General Theory of Relativity, and a feature we should strive to carry forward to future… Expand
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