Gravity, General Relativity and Cosmology

  • Jan GuichelaarEmail author
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In all his theoretical investigations De Sitter was always interested in the fundamental questions. In the short propositions mentioned above from his dissertations in 1901 we already read about his interest for the geometrical properties of space and the fundamental concept of inertia. Gravity had fascinated De Sitter from the start of his career. In his inaugural lecture in 1908 he said that all attempts to penetrate into the internal mechanism of gravity had failed. It was Albert Einstein (1879–1855) who would give the solution with his general theory of relativity.


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  1. 1.AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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