Remarks on the Notions of General Covariance and Background Independence

  title={Remarks on the Notions of General Covariance and Background Independence},
  author={Domenico Giulini},
  journal={Lecture Notes in Physics},
  • D. Giulini
  • Published 22 March 2006
  • Mathematics
  • Lecture Notes in Physics
In the first part of this paper I review some of the difficulties that seem to obstruct generally valid definitions of "general covariance" and/or "background independence" The second and more historical part deals with a rather strange argument that Einstein put forward in his 1913 "Entwurf paper" with M. Grossmann to discredit scalar theories of gravity in order to promote general covariance. 

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