General Relativity and Gravitation

, Volume 16, Issue 8, pp 711–750 | Cite as

On the gravitational effects of rotating masses: The Thirring-Lense papers

  • Bahram Mashhoon
  • Friedrich W. Hehl
  • Dietmar S. Theiss
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Abstract

The purpose of this work is to provide a critical analysis of the classical papers of H. Thirring [Phys. Z.,19, 33 (1918);Phys. Z.,22, 29 (1921)] and J. Lense and H. Thirring [Phys. Z.,19, 156 (1918)] on rotating masses in the relativistic theory of gravitation and to render them accessible to a wider circle of scholars. An English translation of these papers is presented which follows the original German text as closely as possible. This is followed by a concise account of the significance of the results of these papers as well as the possibility of measuring the gravitational effects of rotating masses.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bahram Mashhoon
    • 1
  • Friedrich W. Hehl
    • 1
  • Dietmar S. Theiss
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität zu KölnCologne 41Germany

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