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Posted by Bruce on June 20, 2003 02:45:19 UTC

Then it makes sense to familiarize yourself with GR and the predictions Einstein model makes wrt natural phenomena [pretty successful model so far]. Here is Sean Carroll's Lecture Notes on General Relativity. Chapter 7 has a section comparing Newtonian and Einstein orbits.

http://arXiv.org/PS_cache/gr-qc/pdf/9712/9712019.pdf

There is a great book by Edwin Taylor and John Wheeler, Exploring Black Holes, which introduces GR using solutions to Einstein's equations [Schwarzchild and Kerr metric equations]. All you need is basic calculus and good algebra skills. The two opening chapters and several of the projects can be seen here

http://www.eftaylor.com/download.html#general_relativity

The Confrontation between GR and Experiment, Clifford Will

http://rattler.cameron.edu/EMIS/journals/LRG/Articles/Volume4/2001-4will/index.html

Keep in mind what the purpose of physics is. Its to developed theoretical models which are internally consistent and successfully predict experimental results. I noticed in your paper you want to expose the 'myth of curved space'. Geometry is just a method Einstein used to model gravitiation. There is no requirement for spacetime to actually be curved. There is a model which is isomorphic with GR which uses torsion and linearized Einstein equations [I think Carroll talks about it in his Lecture Notes on GR {though to be honest I never went through Carroll's notes because I first did the Taylor and Wheeler book and am now doing 'Gravitation' by Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler]. This may not be what you were looking for but it always made sense to me to find out what works before finding a new path. Its imperative that the new path make sense and correlate successfully with experiemnt.





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