Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 227, Issue 1–2, pp 119–132 | Cite as

Gravitation, global four-momentum conservation and the strong equivalence principle

  • David F. Roscoe


It is shown that global four-momentum conservation provides all the necessary structure toderive a metric gravity theory which conforms to the requirements of the Strong Equivalence Principle (Will, 1981), and which satisfies all empirical tests up to, and including, those derived from the binary pulsar measurements. Significant consequences arising from this theory are: concepts of curved spacetimes become strictly superfluous to the function of describing gravitational physics; gravitational processes become direct particle/particle interactions; these interactions are arbitrated by wave processes of a kind familiar in electromagnetism; gravitational waves carry energy-momentum in the direction of their propogation vector; the essential singularities at gravitational origins, which are features of both Newtonian gravitation and General Relativity, do not exist.

Key words

General Relativity Strong Equivalence Principle Electromagnetism Pulsars 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • David F. Roscoe
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  1. 1.School of Mathematics and StatisticsUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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