General Relativity today
After recalling the coceptual foundations and the vasic sturcture of general relativity, we review some of its main modern developments (apart from cosmology): ( i ) the post-Newtonian limit and weak-field tests in the solar system, (ii) strong gravitationl feelds and black holes, (iii) strong-field and radiative tests in binary pulsar observations, (iv) gravitational waves, (v) general relativity and quantum theory.
KeywordsBlack Hole String Theory Neutron Star Gravitational Wave Open String
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