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Superluminal Signaling and Relativity

Steven Weinstein
Synthese
Vol. 148, No. 2 (Jan., 2006), pp. 381-399
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20118696
Page Count: 19
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Superluminal Signaling and Relativity
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Abstract

Special relativity is said to prohibit faster-than-light (superluminal) signaling, yet controversy regularly arises as to whether this or that physical phenomenon violates the prohibition. I argue that the controversy is a result of a lack of clarity as to what it means to 'signal', and I propose a criterion. I show that according to this criterion, superluminal signaling is not prohibited by special relativity.

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