principle of covariance

principle of covariance

[′prin·sə·pəl əv kō′ver·ē·əns]
(relativity)
In classical physics and in special relativity, the principle that the laws of physics take the same mathematical form in all inertial reference frames.
In general relativity, the principle that the laws of physics take the same mathematical form in all conceivable curvilinear coordinate systems.
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The principle of covariance states the laws of physics must adopt the same form in all coordinate systems.
Any parallels between a story and the story of the universe are assisted by the principle of covariance.
154); and (2) Whitehead's later work can be reconstructed in its formation and systematic interconnections, if we make foundational the general principle of covariance as the leitmotiv for the interpretation of natural and perceptual processes (p.
The centrality of the principle of covariance is announced as early as p.
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