On Hilbert's World-Function

  title={On Hilbert's World-Function},
  author={Edmund Taylor Whittaker},
  journal={Proceedings of The Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences},
The well-known theorem that the motion of any conservative dynamical system can be determined from the “Principle of Least Action” or “Hamilton’s Principle” was carried over into General Relativity-Theory in 1915 by Hilbert, who showed that the field-equations of gravitation can be deduced very simply from a minimum-principle. Hilbert generalised his ideas into the assertion that all physical happenings (gravitational electrical, etc.) in the universe are determined by a scalar “world-function… Expand
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