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General relativity

Physical laws, theories and quantities

General relativity is the geometric theory of gravitation published by Albert Einstein in 1915 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.


  • History 

  • From classical mechanics to general relativity 

  • Definition and basic applications 

  • Consequences of Einstein's theory 

  • Astrophysical applications 

  • Advanced concepts 

  • Relationship with quantum theory