General Relativistic Theory of Gravitation

  • Chao-Cheng Wang
Part of the Mathematical Concepts and Methods in Science and Engineering book series (MCSENG, volume 17)


The special theory of relativity summarized in the preceding chapter was formulated by Einstein in order to resolve the difficulties in the classical theory of electromagnetism with regard to a change of inertial frame and the associated change of the speed of light. The special status of the inertial frames was not removed, however, but was transferred to the Lorentz frames. In the general theory of relativity that special status was finally removed, and a relativistic theory of gravitation was created. We shall summarize the mathematical structure of the general theory and its major results in this chapter.


Field Equation Gravitational Field Gravitational Potential Inertial Frame Action Density 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Chao-Cheng Wang
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  1. 1.Rice UniversityHoustonUSA

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