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SUMMARY:Honors Thesis Presentation
DESCRIPTION:\n A logical treatment of special relativity\, with and without faster-than-light observers\n\n\n \;Benjamin Hoffman '13\n Honors in Mathematics Thesis\n\n\n Since Einstein proposed the theory of special relativity in 1905\, there have been a number of attempts to formally state its assumptions in a logical axiom system. Each of the attempts to axiomatize relativity has different goals\, and each comes with its own strengths and weaknesses. In my thesis\, I develop an axiomatization of special relativity using only two undefined\, physically motivated predicates\, and I provide a complete characterization of its models. I also weaken this axiomatization in a way that allows for the existence of faster-than-light observers. In my talk\, I will give a short introduction to model theory and special relativity before presenting some highlights of this work.\n
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