Mass and Motion in General Relativity

  • Luc Blanchet
  • Alessandro Spallicci
  • Bernard Whiting

Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 162)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Abdelhak Djouadi
    Pages 1-23
  3. José Luis Jaramillo, Eric Gourgoulhon
    Pages 87-124
  4. Thibault Damour, Alessandro Nagar
    Pages 211-252
  5. Robert M. Wald
    Pages 253-262
  6. Samuel E. Gralla, Robert M. Wald
    Pages 263-270
  7. Eric Poisson
    Pages 309-325
  8. Lior M. Burko
    Pages 395-414
  9. Luc Blanchet, Steven Detweiler, Alexandre Le Tiec, Bernard F. Whiting
    Pages 415-442
  10. Oliver Jennrich
    Pages 443-459
  11. Gilles Esposito-Farèse
    Pages 461-489
  12. Marc-Thierry Jaekel, Serge Reynaud
    Pages 491-530
  13. Karim Noui
    Pages 531-559
  14. Alessandro Spallicci
    Pages 561-603
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 605-624

About this book


From the infinitesimal scale of particle physics to the cosmic scale of the universe, research is concerned with the nature of mass. While there have been spectacular advances in physics during the past century, mass still remains a mysterious entity at the forefront of current research. Our current perspective on gravitation has arisen over millennia, through the contemplation of falling apples, lift thought experiments and notions of stars spiraling into black holes.  In this volume, the world’s leading scientists offer a multifaceted approach to mass by giving a concise and introductory presentation based on insights from their respective fields of research on gravity. The main theme is mass and its motion within general relativity and other theories of gravity, particularly for compact bodies. Within this framework, all articles are tied together coherently, covering post-Newtonian and related methods as well as the self-force approach to the analysis of motion in curved space-time, closing with an overview of the historical development and a snapshot on the actual state of the art.


All contributions reflect the fundamental role of mass in physics, from issues related to Newton’s laws, to the effect of self-force and radiation reaction within theories of gravitation, to the role of the Higgs boson in modern physics. High-precision measurements are described in detail, modified theories of gravity reproducing experimental data are investigated as alternatives to dark matter, and the fundamental problem of reconciling any theory of gravity with the physics of quantum fields is addressed. Auxiliary chapters set the framework for theoretical contributions within the broader context of experimental physics.


The book is based upon the lectures of the CNRS School on Mass held in Orléans, France, in June 2008. All contributions have been anonymously refereed and, with the cooperation of the authors, revised by the editors to ensure overall consistency.


Alternative gravity theories Alternative gravity theory Effective one body dynamics GRT General relativity Gravitational wave Higgs boson Higgs mechanism LISA MOND Motion of compact bodies Post-Newtonian method Precision measurement Precision measurements Quantum gravity Radiation reaction Research on gravity Rotating black hole Self-force dark matter gravitation gravitational waves gravity mass mass and motion

Editors and affiliations

  • Luc Blanchet
    • 1
  • Alessandro Spallicci
    • 2
  • Bernard Whiting
    • 3
  1. 1.Institut d'Astrophysique de ParisParisFrance
  2. 2.Observatoire de la Cote d'AzurNiceFrance
  3. 3.Dept. PhysicsUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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