Albert Einstein

Theory of Relativity: The Foundation

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Theory of Relativity: The Foundation by Albert Einstein.

The theory which is sketched in the following pages forms the most wide-going generalization conceivable of what is at present known as “the theory of Relativity;" this latter theory I differentiate from the former “Special Relativity theory,” and suppose it to be known.

The generalization of the Relativity theory has been made much easier through the form given to the special Relativity theory by Minkowski, which mathematician was the first to recognize clearly the formal equivalence of the space like and time-like co-ordinates, and who made use of it in the building up of the theory.

The mathematical apparatus useful for the general relativity theory, lay already complete in the “Absolute Differential Calculus”, which were based on the researches of GAUSS, RIEMANN and CHRISTOFFEL on the non-Euclidean manifold, and which have been shaped into a system by RICCI and LEVI-CIVITA, and already applied to the problems of theoretical physics.
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