A Generalization of Special Relativity Theory


IN an attempt to treat gravitational and electromagnetic phenomena simultaneously within the framework of the special theory of relativity, it has been suggested1 that the Maxwell-Lorentz equations may be generalized to five dimensions and derivatives with respect to the fifth co-ordinate equated to zero. One may similarly generalize to five dimensions with special relativistic dynamics of a continuous medium, identifying the extra components of the mechanical stress tensor as follows:

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    Nordström, G., Phys. Z., 15, 504 (1914). Corben, H. C., Nature, 156, 388 (1945).

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    Nordström, G., Phys. Z., 13, 1126 (1912).

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CORBEN, H. A Generalization of Special Relativity Theory. Nature 157, 516 (1946). https://doi.org/10.1038/157516b0

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