Einstein and 1915 General Relativity

My new paper shows that a correction of one mistake was crucial for Einstein’s pathway to the first version of the 1915 general theory of relativity, but also might have played a role in obtaining the final version of Einstein’s 1915 field equations. In 1914 Einstein wrote the equations for conservation of energy-momentum for matter, and established a connection between these equations and the components of the gravitational field. He showed that a material point in gravitational fields moves on a geodesic line in space-time, the equation of which is written in terms of the Christoffel symbols. By November 4, 1915, Einstein found it advantageous to use for the components of the gravitational field, not the previous equation, but the Christoffel symbols. He corrected the 1914 equations of conservation of energy-momentum for matter. Einstein had already basically possessed the field equations in 1912 together with his mathematician friend Marcel Grossman, but because he had not recognized the formal importance of the Christoffel symbols as the components of the gravitational field, he could “not obtain a clear overview”. Finally, considering the energy-momentum conservation equations for matter, an important similarity between equations suggests that, this equation could have assisted Einstein in obtaining the final form of the field equations (the November 25, 1915 ones) that were generally covariant.

My new paper on general relativity

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George Gamow and Albert Einstein

Here is my new paper about George Gamow and Albert Einstein (here) x

Mr. Newton once said, momentum conservation
Teach einStein acceleration
If it is in empty space,
Moving straight on a trace,
And flies, never to return,
Then nothing remained of it again. x

Albert Einstein

There was a young fellow from Trinity,
Who took the square root of infinity.
But the number of digits, gave him the fidgets;
He dropped Math and took up Divinity. x

George Gamow, One, Two, Three… Infinity

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Mr. Tomkins was in a world where the speed of light was about 30 km/h

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George Gamow and Albert Einstein and the “biggest blunder” x