By C. Rogers, W. K. Schief

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According to point (i), these are formally invariant in all the inertial frames. In turn, such a validity, extended from the Ether to all the Galilean frames, implies two facts. g. e. c) which has to be the same in each Galilean frame: G. Ferrarese and D. Bini: Space-Time Geometry and Relativistic Kinematics, Lect. Notes Phys. 1) in Sg , for any light signal in vacuum. 1) is not compatible with the addition of velocity law (a linear and uniform motion, with velocity c with respect to Sg , appears linear and uniform in Sg too, but with velocity c = c − u, where u is the relative velocity of Sg with respect to Sg ).

Each world line can be parametrized by an intrinsic parameter τ , analogous (apart from the dimensions) to the ordinary curvilinear abscissa. 33) with V · V = −c2 < 0 . 34) becomes def and V = dΩE , dλ 38 2 Space-Time Geometry and Relativistic Kinematics V ·V dλ dτ 2 = −c2 → 1√ dτ =± −V · V . dλ c As τ is one of the admissible parameters for the oriented world line + , we have dτ /dλ > 0. 34) is equivalent to the ﬁrst-order diﬀerential condition: 1 dτ = dλ c −mαβ dxα dxα . 35) This condition deﬁnes the parameter τ up to an additive constant, as soon as the parametric equations xα = xα (λ) of the curve + are known: τ = τ0 + 1 c E −mαβ E0 dxα dxα dλ .

The terminology positive or negative, of course, has not any intrinsic meaning and is introduced only to distinguish between the branches of the lightcone 4 5 We notice that vectors on the hyperplane have components (0, s1 , s2 , s3 ), while vectors aligned with the x0 -axis have components (γ 0 , 0, 0, 0). Otherwise, an orthonormal basis containing two timelike vectors would exist, and the signature will be no more than +2. Moreover, the following property holds that a vector v orthogonal to a timelike unit (without loss of generality) vector γ is necessarily spacelike.