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Kinematic geometry; an axiomatic system for Minkowski space-time: M. L. Urquhart in Memoriam

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The aim of this paper is, briefly, an axiomatization of relativistic kinematics. Before stating the aims in more precise terms, a few words about the origins of the paper will be necessary. The idea of a revision of the axiomatic foundations of relativistic kinematics came up in discussions with the late M. L. Urquhart at the 1963 (3rd) Summer Research Institute of the Australian Mathematical Society, and it was a suggestion by Urquhart which started off the present investigation. Following his suggestion I prepared a preliminary draft containing the outlines of an axiomatic system for Minkowski space-time and passed it on to him. Shortly before his death Urquhart asked Professor D. Elliott to send the manuscript back to me and it was this manuscript which formed the nucleus of the present paper.

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[1]Noll, W., ‘Euclidean geometry and Minkowskian chronometry’, Amer. Math. Monthly 71 (1964), 129144.
[2]Weyl, H., Space-Time-Matter (London, 1922).
[3]Robb, A. A., Geometry of time and space (Cambridge, 1936).
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