General Relativity For Teletubbies

Sir Kevin Aylward B.Sc., Warden of the Kings Ale

Apr 2020

Introduction

This set of papers forms an introduction to General Relativity, in as simple a manner as possible.

The goal of this approach is get to some sort of sensible comprehension of general relativity (G.R.) with out cluttering up the mind with all sorts of extraneous nonsense that’s not required, and only usually given in standard texts to try and impress one on how clever the author is.

To mathematicians this approach will be akin to fingernails on a blackboard, but I'm an EE, and see no need to complicate matters with such posh talk.

Its is assumed that the basic concepts of things such as why the grass is Greens, how to Div funds to offshore banking accounts, and how to Stoke a coal fire on a train has already been covered in other vector analysis courses. So, certain non essential goodies will be systematically ignored. For example, proving that such and such is really a tensor and that tensor equations are true in all coordinate systems and so forth is not particular illuminating, the goal is to achieve a good grip on G.R., not pure mathematics. What's much more of use to have step by step derivations that don’t jump about into hyperspace leaving you wondering why you seem so daft for not understanding something of real relevance. Usually the author was on drugs at the time and had no concept at all of what a logical argument was.

I have added some background math, just to get those of you punters who are more intellectually challenged up to relativistic speed.

**Simplified Summary**

1 Its is experimentally observed that all masses, in the same gravitational field, fall with the same acceleration.

2 Gravitational fields are generated by a mass.

3 There is a geometrical mathematical object, G_{ab}, the contracted Riemann
Tensor, that measures acceleration of geodesics (shortest distance between
points on a curved surface).

4 There is a physical object, Tab, the energy-momentum tensor, that measures the motion of mass (and energy).

5 Both G_{ab} and T_{ab} satisfy the same mathematical identity, that is
G_{ab;b} = T_{ab;b} = 0

6 Therefore if T_{ab} is set equal to G_{ab}, then mass motion will be described by
a geometric object that determines acceleration of geodesics, which necessarily
means that it satisfies the physical observation of mass generating
accelerations if mass moves along a geodesic.

__Contents__

The following papers should be read in sequence

Stress-Energy/Energy-Momentum Tensor

**Misc. Stuff**

Geometry & Relativity -
Geometry does not *explain* the physical results of Relativity

Fields & Aether - Are the Fields of QFT an Aether in disguise?

Axioms, Clocks & Relativity
- *“A clock always reads the correct time, and time is what a clock reads”.
Oh dear...* ahmmmm....

Space-time & Quantum Mechanics - “Paths in space-time are imaginary” - to wit: "longer paths in space-time" contradicts Quantum Mechanics

Space-Time Sanity - Space-time is only a mathematical, behavioral model that accounts for observations.

POR - It isn't covariance - what the POR really means....

Special Relativity - SR refresher

E=MC^{2} - Direct derivation of
relativistic mass without using Special Relativity

Galilean Transformation Of Maxwell's Equations - Without SR, Maxwell's predict a non invariant SOL

Ether And The Theory Of Relativity - An article by Einstein on the relationship between the Ether of Gravity and the Ether of Electromagnetism.

Covariance & Relativity - J. D Norton - GR is not Covariance, GR contradicts Mach's Principle, and all accelerating frames are not equivalent.

__PDF Versions__

sr.pdf

srbackground.pdf

postulate1.pdf

calculus.pdf

tensors.pdf

covariant_derivative.pdf

calculus_of_variations.pdf

geodesic.pdf

riemann.pdf

stress_energy.pdf

einstien_tensor.pdf

emc2.pdf

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