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General Relativity and Gravitation

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 31–36 | Cite as

The variational principle of general relativity

  • N. T. Bishop
Research Articles

Abstract

It is shown that the field equations of general relativity never afford a minimum or maximum-not even locally-to the action integralI. Solutions of the field equations always represent a stationary value ofI.

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General Relativity Field Equation Variational Principle Differential Geometry 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. T. Bishop
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  1. 1.Department of Applied MathematicsUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

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