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- General relativity, or the general theory of relativity, is the geometric theory of gravitation published by Albert Einstein in 1916 and the current description of gravitation in modern physics. General relativity generalizes special relativity and Newton’s law of universal gravitation, providing a unified description of gravity as a geometric property of space and time, or spacetime. In particular, the curvature of spacetime is directly related to the energy and momentum of whatever matter and radiation are present. The relation is specified by the Einstein field equations, a system of partial differential equations.

The predictions of general relativity have been confirmed in all observations and experiments to date. Although general relativity is not the only relativistic theory of gravity, it is the simplest theory that is consistent with experimental data. However, unanswered questions remain, the most fundamental being how general relativity can be reconciled with the laws of quantum physics to produce a complete and self-consistent theory of quantum gravity.

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01 — Sections 01-03 — Relativity Pt. 1 — 00:14:55

Part I: The Special Theory of Relativity

01 Physical Meaning of Geometrical Propositions

02 The System of Co-ordinates

03 Space and Time in Classical Mechanics

02 — Sections 04-06 — Relativity Pt. 1 — 00:10:38

04 The Galileian System of Co-ordinates

05 The Principle of Relativity (In the Restricted Sense)

06 The Theorem of the Addition of Velocities Employed in Classical Mechanics

03 — Sections 07-09 — Relativity Pt. 1 — 00:20:33

07 The Apparent Incompatibility of the Law of Propagation of Light with the Principle of Relativity

08 On the Idea of Time in Physics

09 The Relativity of Simultaneity

04 — Sections 10-12 — Relativity Pt. 1 — 00:17:10

10 On the Relativity of the Conception of Distance

11 The Lorentz Transformation

12 The Behaviour of Measuring-Rods and Clocks in Motion

05 — Sections 13-15 — Relativity Pt. 1 — 00:19:11

13 Theorem of the Addition of Velocities. The Experiment of Fizeau

14 The Heuristic Value of the Theory of Relativity

15 General Results of the Theory

06 — Sections 16-17 — Relativity Pt. 1 — 00:14:22

16 Experience and the Special Theory of Relativity

17 Minkowski’s Four-Dimensional Space

07 — Sections 18-20 — Relativity Pt. 2 — 00:19:38

Part II: The General Theory of Relativity

18 Special and General Principle of Relativity

19 The Gravitational Field

20 The Equality of Inertial and Gravitational Mass as an Argument for the General Postulate of Relativity

08 — Sections 21-23 — Relativity Pt. 2 — 00:20:54

21 In What Respects Are the Foundations of Classical Mechanics and of the Special Theory of Relativity Unsatisfactory?

22 A Few Inferences from the General Theory of Relativity

23 Behaviour of Clocks and Measuring Rods on a Rotating Body of Reference

09 — Sections 24-26 — Relativity Pt. 2 — 00:18:10

24 Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Continuum

25 Gaussian Co-ordinates

26 The Space-Time Continuum of the Special Theory of Relativity Considered as a Euclidean Continuum

10 — Sections 27-29 — Relativity Pt. 2 — 00:21:30

27 The Space-Time Continuum of the General Theory of Relativity Is not a Euclidean Continuum

28 Exact Formulation of the General Principle of Relativity

29 The Solution of the Problem of Gravitation on the Basis of the General Principle of Relativity

11 — Sections 30-31 — Relativity Pt. 3 — 00:19:26

Part III: Considerations on the Universe as a Whole

30 Cosmological Difficulties of Newton’s Theory

31 The Possibility of a “Finite” and Yet “Unbounded” Universe

32 The Structure of Space According to the General Theory of Relativity

12 — Appendix III — Relativity — 00:21:22

The Experimental Confirmation of the General Theory of Relativity

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