Towards a Relativistic Theory of Gravity
Part of the
Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics
book series (ULNP)
The need for a relativistic generalization of Newton’s theory of gravity is phenomenologically motivated, and a possible generalization based on the introduction of a space–time metric more general than the Minkowski one is suggested. The crucial role of the equivalence principle is discussed, and shown to provide strong support to the choice of a Riemannian geometric structure.
KeywordsEquivalence Principle Gravitational Interaction Planetary Orbit General Coordinate Transformation Perihelion Precession
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