General Relativity and Gravitation

, Volume 42, Issue 4, pp 1011–1048

Republication of: New mechanics of material systems

Golden Oldie

DOI: 10.1007/s10714-010-0939-y

Cite this article as:
Mathisson, M. Gen Relativ Gravit (2010) 42: 1011. doi:10.1007/s10714-010-0939-y


This is an English translation of the second of two papers by Myron Mathisson, first published in German in 1931 and 1937, in which he presented the correct formulation of equations of motion of spinning bodies in general relativity (today known as the Mathisson–Papapetrou equations). The papers have been selected by the Editors of General Relativity and Gravitation for republication in the Golden Oldies series of the journal. This republication is accompanied by an editorial note and Mathisson’s brief biography, both written by Andrzej Trautman.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.WarsawPoland

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