The Meaning of Einstein's Equation

  title={The Meaning of Einstein's Equation},
  author={John C. Baez and Emory F. Bunn},
  journal={American Journal of Physics},
  • J. BaezE. Bunn
  • Published 13 March 2001
  • Physics, Education
  • American Journal of Physics
This is a brief introduction to general relativity, designed for both students and teachers of the subject. While there are many excellent expositions of general relativity, few adequately explain the geometrical meaning of the basic equation of the theory: Einstein’s equation. Here we give a simple formulation of this equation in terms of the motion of freely falling test particles. We also sketch some of the consequences of this formulation and explain how it is equivalent to the usual one in… 

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