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Foundations for a theory of gravitation theories

Thorne, Kip S. and Lee, David L. and Lightman, Alan P. (1973) Foundations for a theory of gravitation theories. Physical Review D, 7 (12). pp. 3563-3578. ISSN 2470-0010. doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.7.3563.

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A foundation is laid for future analyses of gravitation theories. This foundation is applicable to any theory formulated in terms of geometric objects defined on a 4-dimensional spacetime manifold. The foundation consists of (i) a glossary of fundamental concepts; (ii) a theorem that delineates the overlap between Lagrangian-based theories and metric theories; (iii) a conjecture (due to Schiff) that the weak equivalence principle implies the Einstein equivalence principle; and (iv) a plausibility argument supporting this conjecture for the special case of relativistic, Lagrangian-based theories.

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Additional Information:©1973 The American Physical Society. Received 10 January 1973. Supported in part by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under Grant No. NGR 05-002-256 and the National Science Foundation under Grant No. GP-27304, and No. GP-28027. [D.D.L. was an] Imperial Oil Predoctoral Fellow. [A.P.L. was an] NSF Predoctoral Fellow during part of the period of this research.
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