General Relativity and John Archibald Wheeler

  • Ignazio Ciufolini
  • Richard A. Matzner

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 367)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. John Archibald Wheeler and General Relativity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 8-8
    2. Ignazio Ciufolini, Richard Matzner
      Pages 1-6
    3. Igor D. Novikov, N. S. Kardashev, A. A. Shatskiy
      Pages 39-56
  3. Foundations and Tests of General Relativity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 58-58
    2. John D. Anderson, Eunice L. Lau
      Pages 95-108
    3. Vladimir Nikolaevich Lukash
      Pages 109-119
  4. Gravitational Waves

  5. Frame Dragging and Gravitomagnetism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 324-324
    2. Robert F. O’Connell
      Pages 325-336
    3. Neil Ashby
      Pages 345-370
    4. Ignazio Ciufolini, Erricos C. Pavlis, John Ries, Rolf Koenig, Giampiero Sindoni, Antonio Paolozzi et al.
      Pages 371-434
    5. Saps Buchman for the GP-B Collaboration
      Pages 435-466
    6. Ignazio Ciufolini, Antonio Paolozzi, Erricos Pavlis, John Ries, Rolf Koenig, Richard Matzner et al.
      Pages 467-492
  6. Miscellaneous

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 535-547

About this book


Observational and experimental data pertaining to gravity and cosmology are changing our view of the Universe. General relativity is a fundamental key for the understanding of these observations and its theory is undergoing a continuing enhancement of its intersection with observational and experimental data. These data include direct observations and experiments carried out in our solar system, among which there are direct gravitational wave astronomy, frame dragging and tests of gravitational theories from solar system and spacecraft observations.

This book explores John Archibald Wheeler's seminal and enduring contributions in relativistic astrophysics and includes: the General Theory of Relativity and Wheeler's influence; recent developments in the confrontation of relativity with experiments; the theory describing gravitational radiation, and its detection in Earth-based and space-based interferometer detectors as well as in Earth-based bar detectors; the mathematical description of the initial value problem in relativity and applications to modeling gravitational wave sources via computational relativity; the phenomenon of frame dragging and its measurement by satellite observations. All of these areas were of direct interest to Professor John A. Wheeler and were seminally influenced by his ideas.


Cosmology Frame dragging General relativity Gravitation Gravitational waves Gravitomagnetism Gravity John Archibald Wheeler Relativity Universe astrophysics

Editors and affiliations

  • Ignazio Ciufolini
    • 1
  • Richard A. Matzner
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipto. Ingegneria dell’InnovazioneUniversità del SalentoLecceItaly
  2. 2.Dept. Physics, Center for RelativityUniversity of Texas, AustinAustinUSA

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