The general theory of relativity: Why “It is probably the most beautiful of all existing theories”

  title={The general theory of relativity: Why “It is probably the most beautiful of all existing theories”},
  author={Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar},
  journal={Journal of Astrophysics and Astronomy},
  • S. Chandrasekhar
  • Published 1 March 1984
  • Physics
  • Journal of Astrophysics and Astronomy
By common consent, the general theory of relativity has a special aesthetic appeal to those who have studied it. I have chosen to quote Landau and Lifschitz from their Classical Fields in the title of my talk since their magnificent series of volumes, encompassing the whole range of physics, gives to their assessment a special authenticity. Others besides Landau and Lifschitz have applied the epithet ‘beautiful to general relativity. Thus, Pauli, in his well-known article on ‘The Theory of… 

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