Gravitation and Modern Cosmology

The Cosmological Constant Problem

  • Antonino Zichichi
  • Venzo de Sabbata
  • Norma Sánchez

Part of the Ettore Majorana International Science Series book series (EMISS, volume 56)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Peter G. Bergmann
    Pages 1-4
  3. S. B. Fadeev, V. D. Ivashchuk, V. N. Melnikov
    Pages 37-49
  4. J. N. Goldberg, D. C. Robinson, C. Soteriou
    Pages 59-64
  5. I. M. Khalatnikov
    Pages 65-85
  6. G. Lavrelashvili, V. A. Rubakov, P. G. Tinyakov
    Pages 87-99
  7. Roger Penrose
    Pages 129-137
  8. Guido Pizzella
    Pages 139-150
  9. Nathan Rosen, Mark Israelit
    Pages 151-156
  10. E. L. Schucking
    Pages 185-187
  11. E. L. Schucking, S. Lauro, J.-Z. Wang
    Pages 189-200
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 225-228

About this book


Peter Gabriel Bergmann started his work on general relativity in 1936 when he moved from Prague to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Bergmann collaborated with Einstein in an attempt to provide a geometrical unified field theory of gravitation and electromagnetism. Within this program they wrote two articles together: A. Einstein and P. G. Bergmann, Ann. Math. 39, 685 (1938) ; and A. Einstein, V. Bargmann and P. G. Bergmann, Th. von Karman Anniversary Volume 212 (1941). The search for such a theory was intense in the ten years following the birth of general relativity. In recent years, some of the geometrical ideas proposed in these publications have proved essential in contemporary attempts towards the unification of all interactions including gravity, Kaluza-Klein type theories and supergravity theories. In 1942, Bergmann published the book "Introduction to the Theory of Relativity" which included a foreword by Albert Einstein. This book is a reference for the subject, either as a textbook for classroom use or for individual study. A second corrected and enlarged edition of the book was published in 1976. Einstein said in his foreword to the first edition: "Bergmann's book seems to me to satisfy a definite need. . . Much effort has gone into making this book logically and pedagogically satisfactory and Bergmann has spent many hours with me which were devoted to this end.


Cosmology Gravitational constant Gravity Relativity Universe general relativity

Editors and affiliations

  • Antonino Zichichi
    • 1
  • Venzo de Sabbata
    • 2
  • Norma Sánchez
    • 3
  1. 1.European Physical SocietyGenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.Dipartimento di FisicaUniversità di BolognaBolognaItaly
  3. 3.Section de Meudon, DemirmObservatoire de Paris-MeudonMeudon Principal CedexFrance

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