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Volume 19, Issue 3, 1971

Michał Heller
Pages 53-59

Mach’s Principle in Wheeler’s Formulation

J. A. Wheeler made an attempt to reformulate the boundary condition problem in General Relativity. According to him Mach’s Principle has to be understood as a selection rule of these solutions which are consistent with the boundary conditions of certain type. Yet, one must remember that the a priori assumed boundary conditions for the field equations appear to be an absolute, and therefore anti- -Machian, element of the theory. Also well known theorems about the singularities in General Relativity strongly point against the possibility of Wheeler’s programme realization.