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
Research Articles


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.


Critical Analysis Differential Geometry English Translation Relativistic Theory Gravitational Effect 
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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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