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The Road to RelativityThe History and Meaning of Einstein's "The Foundation of General Relativity", Featuring the Original Manuscript of Einstein's Masterpiece$
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Hanoch Gutfreund and Jürgen Renn

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691175812

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691175812.001.0001

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The Annotated Manuscript

The Annotated Manuscript

(p.37) The Annotated Manuscript
The Road to Relativity

Hanoch Gutfreund

Jürgen Renn

Princeton University Press

This section presents annotations of the manuscript of Albert Einstein's canonical 1916 paper on the general theory of relativity. It begins with a discussion of the foundation of the general theory of relativity, taking into account Einstein's fundamental considerations on the postulate of relativity, and more specifically why he went beyond the special theory of relativity. It then considers the spacetime continuum, explaining the role of coordinates in the new theory of gravitation. It also describes tensors of the second and higher ranks, multiplication of tensors, the equation of the geodetic line, the formation of tensors by differentiation, equations of motion of a material point in the gravitational field, the general form of the field equations of gravitation, and the laws of conservation in the general case. Finally, the behavior of rods and clocks in the static gravitational field is examined.

Keywords:   general theory of relativity, Albert Einstein, spacetime, theory of gravitation, coordinates, tensors, equations of motion, gravitational field, laws of conservation, rods

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