By Tai L. Chow
Right here it's, in a nutshell: the heritage of 1 genius’s most vital paintings – discoveries that have been to alter the face of recent physics. within the early 1900s, Albert Einstein formulated theories that may endlessly swap the panorama of physics: the targeted concept of Relativity and the overall idea of Relativity. revered American educational Professor Tai Chow tells us the tale of those discoveries. He information the fundamental rules of Einstein, together with his legislations of gravitation. Deftly applying his inimitable writing variety, he is going directly to clarify the physics at the back of black holes, weaving into his account an evidence of the constitution of the universe and the technology of cosmology.
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However, we can show that the geodesic is a path of extreme length. (We will not enquire whether or not the geodesic in a curved space gives the minimum or maximum value of the interval between any of its points). 44) of the previous section. 45) as αQ s= gλµ αP dxλ dxµ dα dα 1/2 dα where α varies from point to point of the geodesic curve described by the relations which we are seeking for, and we write it as x µ = f µ (α). , at α = αP and α = αQ , and ε is a small quantity whose square and higher powers are negligibly small.
50) α is symmetric in the lower indexes µ and ν, so the order of differentiation Since µν does not matter. 7 The Curvature Tensor 33 Now if we take a contravariant vector Aµ and apply covariant differentiations twice to it, we will find the order of differentiation is very important. First, the covariant differentiation of Aµ gives a mixed tensor µ A;ν = ∂ Aµ + ∂xν µ α αν A Covariant differentiation of this mixed tensor gives µ ∂ ∂xβ A;ν + α µ ∂A αν β + Aα A;ν;β = µ µ α αβ A;ν α µ νβ A;α − or µ A;ν;β = ∂ 2 Aµ + ∂xβ∂xν ∂x µ ∂ αν + Aα;ν ∂xβ µ αβ − A;α µ α βν .
We now derive an expression for the contracted Christoffel symbol µ αµ that will be very useful later on. 39) we have µ αµ = 1 µν g 2 ∂gνµ ∂gαµ ∂gνα + − µ α ∂x ∂x ∂xν . 74) αµ = g 2 ∂xα which can be simplified. , by the corresponding minor: dg = dgµν M µν where M µν is the minor of the component gµν . Now, g µν = Thus, M µν , g M µν = g µν g dg = gg µν dg µν = −g gµν dg µν The expression on the far right of the above equation follows from d(gµν g µν ) = d(δµµ ) = d(4) = 0. We then have ∂gµν ∂g ∂g µν µν = g g = −g g .