Wald, Robert M. Department of Physics, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
Adler, Ronald J. Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratories, Palo Alto, California, and Physics Department, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California.
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- Special Theory
- Simultaneity in prerelativity physics
- Causal structure in special relativity
- Spacetime geometry
- General Theory
- Need for a relativistic theory of gravity
- Principle of equivalence
- Tensors and Einstein's field equations
- Cosmological term
- Motion of test bodies
- Schwarzschild's solution
- Gravitational redshift
- Perihelion shift of Mercury
- Deflection of light
- Radar time delay
- Precession of a gyroscope
- Neutron stars
- Binary pulsar
- Gravitational radiation
- Black holes
- Early universe
- General relativity and quantum theory
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
A general theory of physics, primarily conceived by Albert Einstein, which involves a profound analysis of time and space, leading to a generalization of physical laws, with far-reaching implications in important branches of physics and in cosmology. Historically, the theory developed in two stages. Einstein's initial formulation in 1905 (now known as the special, or restricted, theory of relativity) does not treat gravitation; and one of the two principles on which it is based, the principle of relativity (the other being the principle of the constancy of the speed of light), stipulates the form invariance of physical laws only for inertial reference systems. Both restrictions were removed by Einstein in his general theory of relativity developed in 1915, which exploits a deep-seated equivalence between inertial and gravitational effects, and leads to a successful “relativistic” generalization of Isaac Newton's theory of gravitation.
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