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Relativity and Gravitation

100 Years after Einstein in Prague

  • Jiří Bičák
  • Tomáš Ledvinka
  • Over 100 scientists from 31 countries contributed in the fields of classical and quantum gravity, relativistic astrophysics, cosmology and experimental gravity

  • Presents refereed contributions from leaders in the field

Conference proceedings

Part of the Springer Proceedings in Physics book series (SPPHY, volume 157)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Classical General Relativity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Andrés Anabalón
      Pages 3-10
    3. Thomas Bäckdahl, Juan A. Valiente Kroon
      Pages 19-24
    4. Sergio Dain
      Pages 51-52
    5. Gyula Fodor, Péter Forgács, Philippe Grandclément
      Pages 53-60
    6. Norman Gürlebeck
      Pages 83-90
    7. Tim A. Koslowski
      Pages 111-118
    8. András László, István Rácz
      Pages 119-127
    9. Georgios Lukes-Gerakopoulos, George Contopoulos, Theocharis A. Apostolatos
      Pages 129-136
    10. Christian Lübbe, Juan A. Valiente Kroon
      Pages 137-143

About these proceedings


In early April 1911 Albert Einstein arrived in Prague to become full professor of theoretical physics at the German part of Charles University. It was there, for the first time, that he concentrated primarily on the problem of gravitation. Before he left Prague in July 1912 he had submitted the paper “Relativität und Gravitation: Erwiderung auf eine Bemerkung von M. Abraham” in which he remarkably anticipated what a future theory of gravity should look like.

At the occasion of the Einstein-in-Prague centenary an international meeting was organized under a title inspired by Einstein's last paper from the Prague period: "Relativity and Gravitation, 100 Years after Einstein in Prague". The main topics of the conference included: classical relativity, numerical relativity, relativistic astrophysics and cosmology, quantum gravity, experimental aspects of gravitation, and conceptual and historical issues.

The conference attracted over 200 scientists from 31 countries, among them a number of leading experts in the field of general relativity and its applications. This volume includes abstracts of the plenary talks and full texts of contributed talks and articles based on the posters presented at the conference. These describe primarily original results of the authors. Full texts of the plenary talks are included in the volume "General Relativity, Cosmology and Astrophysics--Perspectives 100 Years after Einstein in Prague", eds. J. Bičák and T. Ledvinka, published also by Springer Verlag.


Einstein-in-Prague Centenary Goldberg-Sachs Theorem Kerr Initial Data Klein-Gordon Field Kundt Spacetimes Lanczos-Lovelock Gravity RAMOD Measurement Protocol Schwarzschild Spacetime Szekeres Models Unruh-DeWitt Detector Weyl Tensors

Editors and affiliations

  • Jiří Bičák
    • 1
  • Tomáš Ledvinka
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Mathematics and PhysicsCharles UniversityPragueCzech Republic
  2. 2.Faculty of Mathematics and PhysicsCharles UniversityPragueCzech Republic

Bibliographic information


“The book is divided into four parts, with talks and posters on classical general relativity, cosmology and relativistic astrophysics, and on quantum fields and quantum gravity. … Leafing through the volume one encounters also here a couple of nice papers with a historical flavour that are well worth reading. … the volume is a pleasant and rewarding experience … .” (CQG+, Classical and Quantum Gravity,, September, 2015)

“There will probably be many books, both conference proceedings and others, appearing soon … . This volume is one of the first, and sets a high standard. … covers current research in the field, shown to be very much alive, and as such is a good starting point for those wanting to know what is happening in the now very broad field of General Relativity.” (Phillip Helbig, The Observatory, Vol. 134 (1243), December, 2014)