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The section of the Usenet Physics FAQ titled "Experimental Basis of Special Relativity" has been cited here many...
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In this source explaining how to derive the Schwarzchild metric, the person came up with an ansatz and worked from...
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I'll try rephrasing my question, as I do not wish to question the theory itself. Verily, verily, it would be...
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This expression: \Gammaavc\Gammacab Can someone please show me how to multiply the two Christoffel symbol...
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After learning more about relativity, and the vast amount of knowledge that is on this forum, I would like to clear up...
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What if Schwatzchild has made the same mistake as Newton? ( 1 - 2MG / c2 r ) dt can be view as a binomial...
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In the Wiki article about the Vaidya metric : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaidya_metric there is mention of a...
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When you have a general coordinate chart on spacetime you have a lot of freedom to pick your coordinates, but you are...
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Question the thing in the region of space that cannot be seen from us because they recede faster than the speed of...
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Hi, On p.4 of "A First Course in General Relativity", Shutz says that we redefine the units of time so that the new...
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From what I know, to get the reverse trace form of the Einstein field equations, you must multiply both sides by gab...
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In General Relativity spacetime is described by a metric. The most common one is the Schwarzschild metric, valid at...
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