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|Author(s)||Thomas E Phipps|
|Journal||Proceedings of the NPA|
|No. of pages||6|
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Universal invariance is shown to offer a plausible alternative to special relativity's conceptions of universal covariance, four-vectors, spacetime symmetry, etc. This alternative, supported by a conception of time similar to Newton's (here termed ?Collective Time? and patterned on GPS time) provides a mathematical basis particularly helpful in analyzing the many-body problem. Both particle mechanics and electromagnetism fit with this radically new way of formulating a relativistic description. A crucial experiment is advocated, requiring accurate measurement of stellar aberration to second order by means of the VLBI system.