General Relativity and Gravitation

, Volume 8, Issue 9, pp 717–721 | Cite as

The role of mathematics in gravitational physics

From the sublime to the subliminal?
  • C. B. Collins
Research Articles


Certain gravitational systems are described for which particular equations of state are singled out by means of purely mathematical considerations. The fact that these equations of state are realistic, and indeed the most relevant to the physical systems under study, suggests that locked into Einstein's field equations lies some information about local physical conditions, and that in order to describe gravitating systems, it is not always necessary to draw on extraneous branches of physics.


Physical Condition Field Equation Physical System Differential Geometry Gravitational System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. B. Collins
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  1. 1.Department of Applied MathematicsUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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