Foundations of Physics

, Volume 43, Issue 12, pp 1478–1488 | Cite as

A New Approach to Modifying Theories of Gravity

  • Christian G. BöhmerEmail author
  • Nicola Tamanini


We propose a new point of view for interpreting Newton’s and Einstein’s theories of gravity. By taking inspiration from Continuum Mechanics and its treatment of anisotropies, we formulate new gravitational actions for modified theories of gravity. These models are simple and natural generalisations with many interesting properties. Above all, their precise form can, in principle, be determined experimentally.


Modified gravity General relativity Continuum mechanics 



We thank Friedrich Hehl and Dmitri Vassiliev for useful discussions. We would also like to thank the anonymous referees who have given us very valuable feedback.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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