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Comment on 'Relativity, potential energy, and mass'

Riggs, Peter J.

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The case has been made by Eugene Hecht (2016 Eur. J. Phys. 37 065804) that potential energy is a conceptual fiction, i.e. is not an objective physical quantity. This was based on a claimed absence of measurability of potential energy, changes in the mass of a body being measurable, and by a particular interpretation of the mass-energy equation from the special theory of relativity. However, if potential energy lacks measurability then kinetic energy is not measurable in the same sense. The...[Show more]

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Date published: 2019
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/205298
Source: European Journal of Physics
DOI: 10.1088/1361-6404/aaf5e2

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