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The Formative Years of RelativityThe History and Meaning of Einstein's Princeton Lectures$
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Jürgen Renn and Hanoch Gutfreund

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691174631

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691174631.001.0001

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Relativistic Theory of the Non-symmetric Field

Relativistic Theory of the Non-symmetric Field

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(p.326) Appendix II Relativistic Theory of the Non-symmetric Field
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The Formative Years of Relativity
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Hanoch Gutfreund

Jürgen Renn

Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691174631.003.0023

This chapter attempts to find a measure for the “strength” of a system of field equations, which is determined by the amount of free data consistent with the system. It introduces the infinitesimal displacement field as a necessary remedy in general relativistic theory, as one can no longer form new tensors from a given tensor by simple differentiation and that in such a theory there are much fewer invariant formations. The infinitesimal displacement field replaces the inertial system inasmuch as it makes it possible to compare vectors at infinitesimally close points. After introducing these concepts, the chapter presents a discussion on relativistic field theory.

Keywords:   relativistic theory, relativistic field theory, field equations, infinitesimal displacement field, general relativistic theory, non-symmetric field, inertial systems

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