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SPACE TIME

AND

GRAVITATION


An Outline of the General
Relativity Theory


by

A. S. Eddington, M.A., M.Sc., F.R.S.

Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental
Philosophy, Cambridge


CAMBRIDGE
AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS
1920

Cambridge University Press

C. F. Clay, Manager

London : Fetter Lane, E.C. 4
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ECLIPSE INSTRUMENTS AT SOBRAL

Contents
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Prologue
Page
What is Geometry? 1
Chapter I
The FitzGerald Contraction 17
Chapter II
Relativity 30
Chapter III
The World of Four Dimensions 45
Chapter IV
Fields of Force 63
Chapter V
Kinds of Space 77
Chapter VI
The New Law of Gravitation and the Old Law 93
Chapter VII
Weighing Light 110
Chapter VIII
Other Tests of the Theory 123
Chapter IX
Momentum and Energy 136
Chapter X
Towards Infinity 152
Chapter XI
Electricity and Gravitation 167
Chapter XII
On the Nature of Things 180
Appendix
Mathematical Notes 202
Historical Note 210