A theory that describes how matter interacts dynamically with the geometry of space and time. It was first published by Einstein in 1915 and is currently used to study the structure and evolution of the universe, as well as having practical applications like GPS.

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Resource for nonphysicists about QM/GR incompatibility [duplicate]

I don't know how to explain the issues at hand in a way that nonphysicists are certain to understand. Can anyone point me to some resource (book, video, it doesn't really matter) that will help me?
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Newtonian gravity from the holographic principle?

Can one understand Newton's law of gravitation using the holographic principle (or does such reasoning just amount to dimensional analysis)? Following an argument similar to one given by Erik ...
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Dimension & non - locality problem in string theory

I have some questions with string theory: Why is it that there is exactly 4 large spacetime dimensions while the rest remain small? It is a nonlocal QFT. How could that fit in GR?
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Resultant curvature tensor from the Casimir Effect

I've often seen the Casimir effect cited as a source of negative energy/exotic matter with regards to ideas like the Alcubierre drive. The articles then go on to note that the energy required by the ...
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Metric tensor in General Relativity or otherwise [closed]

What is the metric tensor? How can this be a covariant and contravariant tensor, or a mixed tensor, by raising and lowering indices? How it relates to distance function (metric) and angles? How ...
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Fulvio Melia's linear Universe

I would be interested in what people think of Fulvio Melia's argument for a linearly expanding Universe. I realize that the experimental evidence seems to be pointing to an accelerating Universe ...
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Kerr Metric in Orthogonal form

I've seen the Kerr metric usually presented in the Boyer-Lindquist coordinates where there is a cross term in the $d\phi$ and $dt$ term. I've done a good bit of searching and cannot find any ...
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Is the fraction of radioactive isotopes on the near side of the moon higher than on the far side?

As time passes more slowly in a region of space close to the source of a gravitational field, shouldn't the moon, which always has one side facing towards the earth, have a higher fraction of ...
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Newtonian approximation in cosmology

In Peeble's "Large scale structure of the Universe" the Newtonian approximation in cosmology is examined by looking at a transformation that makes the metric locally Minkowski. On pg 38 it is stated ...
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Einstein's Cosmic Speed Limit $c$ challenged by Black Holes/Massive Objects [duplicate]

To even suggest the great Einstein is incorrect on anything he has written is inconceivably absurd. Being fully aware of this I do indeed dare to not only suggest he is wrong but I cannot believe ...
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How much physics a mathematician needs to know to study GR? [duplicate]

I'm intending to study General Relativity on my own. The thing is, my physics background is not very strong. I know classical mechanics and I know some electromagnetism. I'm familiar with Gauss' law, ...
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Can entanglement be explained as a consequence of conservation laws?

This article at NewScientist magazine (subscription required) describes entangling photons by passing them through a half silvered mirror. ...
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How much Energy to create a 'warp field' according to White?

An Alcubierre Drive is a hypothetical device that can move a place someplace else faster than the speed of light without violating known laws of physics. This paper provides some equations as to the ...
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Red shift and the expanding universe

Given that the universe is expanding because space itself is expanding, is that expansion occuring in all places and on all scales? Consider a photon emitted from a source billions of years ago. As it ...
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General Relativity and the effect of mass on time [duplicate]

My question is related to the first page of this article regarding the big bang theory and refers to this specific sentence: Armed with the best physics of the 20th century, Albert Einstein came ...
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Gravitational slingshot of light using a black hole/massive object

Wikipedia has this page on gravity assists using planets. In some cases this effect was used to accelerate the spacecraft to a higher velocity. This diagram shows this in a very oversimplified manner. ...
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Is the total angular momentum of the universe zero? [duplicate]

I know that having a net angular momentum will contradict isotropy of the universe by preferring a specific direction. But is there any experimental data on the total angular momentum of the universe ...
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Age-ing due to Time Dilation

Will a person on top of hill will age faster than one at sea level due to Time Dilation?
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Time evolution of the worldlines of 2 particles

Suppose I have a lab frame that is freely falling in a gravitational field of the Earth -- assume non-homogeneity-- and a uniform constant electric field. There are 2 test particles in the frame -- ...
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Retarded potential in gravitational field?

Is there a retarded potential concept in gravitational field similar to electromagnetic radiation?
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Relation between $\Lambda$ and $\Omega_\Lambda$ in $\Lambda\mathrm{CDM}$

In minimal $\Lambda\mathrm{CDM}$, there is a parameter labeled $\Omega_\Lambda$, and current fits place it at around $\left( \Omega_\Lambda \sim 0.73\right)$. Meanwhile, $\Lambda$ enters the Einstein ...
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Mass of empty AdS$_5$

Five dimensional empty AdS$_5$ space has mass $$ E = \frac{3 \pi \ell^2}{32 G}. $$ Is the above equation correct? Let's do some dimensional analysis to confirm. In natural units, in 5 dimensions ...
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What is the shape of a black hole?

I was thinking; what shape does a black hole have?. By 'Shape', I mean its form (e.g, circle , cylinder, sphere, torus, etc..). We usually think of black holes as if they're plugholes (e.g, a flat ...
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How much does the global structure of a Lorentzian spacetime restrict the metric? And vice versa

E.g. if I know that my topology is that of a hyperboloid, how much freedom do I have left for my choice of the metric? And the other way around: if my metric is some conformal factor times the unit ...
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Quantum Gravity and the Holographic Mass?

So on the net (one forum) I stumbled upon this, and article by Nassim Haramein. Now, I researched this guy a bit, and I couldn't find any peer reviewed article (other than this in 'Physical Review ...
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Closed linear cosmology implies G M / R = c^2?

I have a question about a linear FRW cosmology with $k=+1$. Assuming zero cosmological constant the first Friedmann equation can be written: $$\left(\frac{\dot R}{R}\right)^2 + ...
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How to get general relativity from linear gravity theory?

I know someone had done this study. Namely the field approach to general relativity. We can easily get an linear gravity theory. But it will be very complicated when we consider the ...
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How to calculate mass of a closed Universe?

How does one integrate the mass density over a closed Universe (a 3-sphere?) to obtain the total mass of that Universe? Is this the correct integral? $$M = R(t)^3 \rho\int_0^1 4 \pi r^2 ...
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How to obtain the free energy of the canonical ensemble in Euclidean general relativity?

If the gravitational field couples with matter fields, such as a charged scalar field, I know the partition function of the grand canonical ensemble naturally relates to the path-integral expression ...
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Tensors in general relativity

This is a question on the nitty-gritty bits of general relativity. Would anybody mind teaching me how to work these indices? Definitions: Throughout the following, repeated indices are to be summed ...
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What are the general relativity equations for relativistic constant acceleration?

At constant acceleration in special relativity, the time differs for a stationary observer and the astronaut. see the following article for an in-depth explanation: Relativistic Rocket However, when ...
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Components of the Ricci Tensor

Is there any interpretation of what each of the components of the Ricci tensor corresponds to? For example, for the stress-energy tensor, $T_{00}$ corresponds to energy density, $T_{0i}$ is the ...
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Are orbits reversible in general relativity?

It seems if I reverse velocities then things begin orbiting backwards, at least in classical mechanics. From here: Every orbit and trajectory outside atmospheres is in principle reversible, i.e., ...
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energy momentum tensor and covariant derivative

In field theory, the energy momentum defined as the functional derivative wrt the metric $T_{\mu\nu}=\frac{2}{\sqrt{-g}}\frac{\delta S}{\delta g^{\mu\nu}}$ (up to a sign depending on ...
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Tighten rope around cylindricaly shaped space

Imagine we live on cylinder(we are 2d creature), put a rope around that cylinder and start pulling both ends of the rope against each another. Will the space get deformed? I guess it will, I have to ...
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If time stops for an object, does that object feel gravity?

As far as I understand The GTR, it is said that Mass bends space-time which causes gravity. So every Mass in this universe is flowing through space-time example earth is moving along with space-time ...
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Axial symmetry constraints on the metric

I am reading the paper on Gravitational Waves in General Relativity. VII. Waves from Axi-Symmetric Isolated Systems by H. Bondi, M. G. J. van der Burg, A. W. K. Metzner. (link) Here is a quote(s) from ...
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What would be the effect on gravity if space expanded at > $c$?

If space were to expand at > $c$ (as in inflation) would that mean gravity would no longer have any effect on the curvature of space, since gravity can only propagate at $c$?
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About an Einstein equation

This is a question about an historical theory of gravitation, studied by Einstein quite a bit before he settled on General Relativity. At that time, Einstein did not know that gravity was a ...
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Conservation of Energy and Birkhoff's theorem

I am reading the original paper by Bondi, van der Berg and Metzner (link) regarding gravitational waves in asymptotically flat axisymmetric spacetimes. In the introduction, he makes the following ...
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Asymptotic Symmetry Group of General Relativity

This question is a little vague and I hope I can put across what I am looking for without too much confusion. What is the motivation behind studying asymptotic symmetry groups in the context of ...
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Numerical relativity coordinate system displayed

In a picture or video of a numerical relativity simulation, such as a neutron star merger into a black hole, how do they set up their coordinate system? Lets take the point in a video corresponding to ...
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General relativity theory [duplicate]

As I understand general relativity theory (please correct me if I'm wrong), time becomes dilated and space becomes compressed around mass, and this is responsible for gravity. I'm struggling with ...
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Dark energy lorentz invaraince

Dark energy (or the cosmological constant) is stated as Lorentz Invariant, form websites like: http://cerncourier.com/cws/article/cern/28917 In newtonian mechanics, this is correct. But time dilation ...
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Why does $8\pi/3$ appear in the equations describing cosmological expansion?

What is the significance of $8\pi/3$ in the first Friedmann Equation, and in the question concerning the time independence of the Hubble Constant? Is it the 'same' $8\pi/3$ that appears in the total ...
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Covariant derivative of connection coefficients

Is there a meaningful way to define the covariant derivative of the connection coefficients, $\Gamma^a_{bc}$? As in, does it make sense to define the object $\nabla_d\Gamma^a_{bc}$? Since the ...
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What are the Conflicting Predictions of General Relativity & Quantum Mechanics? [duplicate]

I see a lot of questions in various sites about why the 2 theories are or aren't incompatible, I'm satisfied as to why that's the case. However it has been mentioned that both theories make ...
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Why does light always travel in a straight line?

No matter the frame light is in, it always moves in a straight line in that frame. Why is that? It doesn't seem like something to me that should necessarily be true. If some one runs forward and sends ...
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Why does the event horizon of a black hole not look like a bright sphere?

All infalling matter-energy appears to an external observer as frozen in time at the event horizon. Why then is this horizon not extremely bright due to radiation that is able to escape radially? So ...
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Gravity as a gauge theory

Currently, (classical) gravity (General Relativity) is NOT a gauge theory (at least in the sense of a Yang-Mills theory). Why should "classical" gravity be some (non-trivial or "special" or ...