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**On the notion of "the same physics in all spacetimes".** / Fewster, Chris J.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution

Fewster, CJ 2012, On the notion of "the same physics in all spacetimes". in F Finster, O Mueller, M Nardmann, J Tolksdorf & E Zeidler (eds), *Quantum Field Theory and Gravity. Conceptual and mathematical advances in the search for a unified framework. The volume emerged from the international conference "Quantum Field Theory and Gravity" held in Regensburg 28 September - 1 October 2010.* Birkhauser, pp. 207-227. <http://www.springer.com/mathematics/algebra/book/978-3-0348-0042-6>

Fewster, C. J. (2012). On the notion of "the same physics in all spacetimes". In F. Finster, O. Mueller, M. Nardmann, J. Tolksdorf, & E. Zeidler (Eds.), *Quantum Field Theory and Gravity. Conceptual and mathematical advances in the search for a unified framework. The volume emerged from the international conference "Quantum Field Theory and Gravity" held in Regensburg 28 September - 1 October 2010 *(pp. 207-227). Birkhauser. http://www.springer.com/mathematics/algebra/book/978-3-0348-0042-6

Fewster CJ. On the notion of "the same physics in all spacetimes". In Finster F, Mueller O, Nardmann M, Tolksdorf J, Zeidler E, editors, Quantum Field Theory and Gravity. Conceptual and mathematical advances in the search for a unified framework. The volume emerged from the international conference "Quantum Field Theory and Gravity" held in Regensburg 28 September - 1 October 2010. Birkhauser. 2012. p. 207-227

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