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On a conceptual connection between the principles of relativity and uncertainty

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The principles of relativity and uncertainty represent two of the deepest and most encompassing propositions of the physical sciences. Indeed, much of our present knowledge of nature can be recapitulated in these important statements about the processes of motion and measurement. However, a question remains as to the precise logical connection between both principles. Here, we show a plausible and simple conceptual analysis linking the principles of relativity and uncertainty as logical requirements of the idea of physical measurement. The main conclusion points to the logical complementarity of both principles in order to justify the possibility of physical measurements, in which the uncertainty principle guarantees the applicability of the principle of relativity in all physically conceivable systems of reference.
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Keywords: Complementarity; Measurement;; Relativity;; Uncertainty;

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 30, 2019

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  • Physics Essays has been established as an international journal dedicated to theoretical and experimental aspects of fundamental problems in Physics and, generally, to the advancement of basic knowledge of Physics. The Journal's mandate is to publish rigorous and methodological examinations of past, current, and advanced concepts, methods and results in physics research. Physics Essays dedicates itself to the publication of stimulating exploratory, and original papers in a variety of physics disciplines, such as spectroscopy, quantum mechanics, particle physics, electromagnetic theory, astrophysics, space physics, mathematical methods in physics, plasma physics, philosophical aspects of physics, chemical physics, and relativity.
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