# The Maximum Tension Principle in General Relativity

@article{Gibbons2002TheMT, title={The Maximum Tension Principle in General Relativity}, author={G. W. Gibbons}, journal={Foundations of Physics}, year={2002}, volume={32}, pages={1891-1901} }

AbstractI suggest that classical General Relativity in four spacetime dimensions incorporates a Principal of Maximal Tension and give arguments to show that the value of the maximal tension is
$$\frac{{c^4 }}{{4G}}$$
. The relation of this principle to other, possibly deeper, maximal principles is discussed, in particular the relation to the tension in string theory. In that case it leads to a purely classical relation between G and the classical string coupling constant α′ and the velocity of…

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