© 1982

General Relativity and Matter

A Spinor Field Theory from Fermis to Light-Years


Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Part A

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mendel Sachs
      Pages 3-18
  3. Mathematical Preliminaries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
  4. The Field Equations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Mendel Sachs
      Pages 73-98
    3. Mendel Sachs
      Pages 99-131
    4. Mendel Sachs
      Pages 177-200
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 201-208

About this book


There exist essentially two levels of investigation in theoretical physics. One is primarily descriptive, concentrating as it does on useful phenomenological approaches toward the most economical classifications of large classes of experimental data on particular phenomena. The other, whose thrust is explanatory, has as its aim the formulation of those underlying hypotheses and their mathematical representations that are capable of furnishing, via deductive analysis, predictions - constituting the particulars of universals (the asserted laws)- about the phenomena under consideration. The two principal disciplines of contemporary theoretical physics - quantum theory and the theory of relativity - fall basically into these respective categories. General Relativity and Matter represents a bold attempt by its author to formulate, in as transparent and complete a way as possible, a fundamental theory of matter rooted in the theory of relativity - where the latter is viewed as providing an explanatory level of understanding for probing the fundamental nature ofmatter indomainsranging all the way fromfermis and lessto light years and more. We hasten to add that this assertion is not meant to imply that the author pretends with his theory to encompass all ofphysics or even a tiny part of the complete objective understanding of our accessible universe. But he does adopt the philosophy that underlying all natural phenomena there is a common conceptualbasis,and then proceeds to investigate how far such a unified viewcan take us at its present stage of development.


Gravity astrophysics cosmology electromagnetic field field theory general relativity quantum theory relativity theoretical physics theory of relativity

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyState University of New York at BuffaloUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title General Relativity and Matter
  • Book Subtitle A Spinor Field Theory from Fermis to Light-Years
  • Authors M. Sachs
  • Series Title Fundamental Theories of Physics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-1381-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-8370-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-015-7666-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 208
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Theoretical, Mathematical and Computational Physics
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` read it should be a rewarding experience for anyone who is concerned with understanding the most fundamental features of the physicist's world view. ...well written and contains some very useful material on both the conceptual and technical aspects of relativity.' Foundations of Physics, 15 (1985)