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By Derek F. Lawden

ISBN-10: 047110082X

ISBN-13: 9780471100829

ISBN-10: 0486425401

ISBN-13: 9780486425405

Straight forward creation can pay specified realization to points of tensor calculus and relativity that scholars locate such a lot tough. Contents comprise tensors in curved areas and alertness to normal relativity idea; black holes; gravitational waves; program of normal relativity ideas to cosmology. a number of routines. answer advisor to be had upon request.

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B = s = e h − e h x y z z y  x . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . .  1 2 2 2 2 2 2 η = + ( ex + e y + ez + hx + hy + hz )  2 (48a) We notice from (48) that the energy tensor of the electromagnetic field is symmetrical; with this is connected the fact that the momentum per unit volume and the flow of energy are equal to each other (relation between energy and inertia). We therefore conclude from these considerations that the energy per unit volume has the character of a tensor.

The equality of these two masses, so differently defined, is a fact which is confirmed by experiments of very high accuracy (experiments of Eötvös), and classical mechanics offers no explanation for this equality. It is, however, clear that science is fully justified in assigning such a numerical equality only after this numerical equality is reduced to an equality of the real nature of the two concepts. That this object may actually be attained by an extension of the principle of relativity, follows from the following consideration.

Overlooking for t1te present the question as to the "cause" of such a gravitational field, which will occupy us later, there is nothing to prevent our conceiving this gravitational field as real, that is, the conception that K' is "at rest" and a gravitational field is present we may consider as equivalent to the conception that only K is an "allowable" system of co-ordinates and no gravitational field is present. The assumption of the complete physical equivalence of the systems of coordinates, K and K', we call the "principle of equivalence;" this principle is evidently intimately connected with the law of the equality between the inert and the gravitational mass, and signifies an extension of the principle of relativity to co-ordinate systems which are in non-uniform motion relatively to each other.

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