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General theory of Relativity by S. P. Puri

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Historical Perspective

The romance of creative achievement can be better expressed by reciting the story itself, as how it finally evolved historically. General theory of relativity is a relativistic theory of gravitation and for comprehending its background, we have to delve to find how it developed. The heliocentric model of the solar system introduced by Copernicus in the sixteenth century, was the starting point for considerations of gravitation. Basing on Kepler’s laws of planetary motion and Galileo’s observations on the falling bodies, Newton presented his theory of gravitation in the Principia in 1687. According to his law of gravitation, the force of attraction between two bodies of masses m1 and m2, separated by a distance r is given ...

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