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Gaussian coordinates?

  1. Aug 27, 2012 #1
    Hey,
    Whenever I read Relativity I get stuck around Gaussian coordinates, i can't seem to find much out about them, do they have another name? does anyone know any good resources explaining them?
    or am I just in over my head?

    thanks guys,
     
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  3. Aug 27, 2012 #2

    bcrowell

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    If we don't know what aspect of it you didn't understand, then there's no way for us to write an explanation that would work better for you than the one you've already read.
     
  4. Aug 27, 2012 #3

    pervect

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    I'm guessing that you are reading Einstein's popular book, "Relativity, the special and general theory", http://www.bartleby.com/173/25.html?

    I'm not sure what you don't understand. Gaussian coordinates are just like using graph paper, except that the lines aren't necessarily straight...
     
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  5. Aug 29, 2012 #4
    Hi,
    Yeah. I get it now, I found a different (better) translation, Thanks.
     
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