This is the first of seven chapters in Part II, that are devoted to tests of GR and many of its applications. Beside the classical tests, the geodetic precession of a gyroscope in a spherically symmetric static metric is also treated. Then we turn to the Schwarzschild black hole of a given mass, its Kruskal extension and Penrose diagram. This is generalized to the Reissner–Nordstrøm solution for electrically charged black holes. Important aspects of a spherically symmetric collapse to a black hole are discussed. The chapter ends with an appendix on spherically symmetric gravitational fields.
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Textbooks on General Relativity: Selection of (Graduate) Textbooks
C.M. Will, Theory and Experiment in Gravitational Physics, 2nd edn. (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1993)
R. Adler, M. Bazin, M. Schiffer, Introduction to General Relativity, 2nd edn. (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1975)
Textbooks on General Physics and Astrophysics
J.D. Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics, 3rd edn. (Wiley, New York, 1999)
Mathematical Tools: Selection of Mathematical Books
B. O’Neill, Elementary Differential Geometry (Academic Press, San Diego, 1997)
A. Einstein, Collected Papers, vol. 6, Doc. 25, Doc. 24, Doc. 32
Research Articles, Reviews and Specialized Texts: Chapter 2
P. Coles, Einstein, Eddington and the 1919 eclipse, in Proceedings of International School on the Historical Development of Modern Cosmology, Valencia, ed. by V.J. Martinez, V. Trimble, M.J. Pons-Borderia. ASP Conference Series, vol. 252 (Astronomical Society of the Pacific, San Francisco, 2001). astro-ph/0102462Google Scholar
M. Froeschlé, F. Miguard, F. Arenon, in Proceedings of the Hipparcos Venice 1997 Symposium (ESA Publications Division, Noordwijk, 1997)