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  • Print publication year: 2018
  • Online publication date: September 2018

1 - Introduction

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      • Introduction
      • Clifford M. Will, University of Florida
      • Book: Theory and Experiment in Gravitational Physics
      • Online publication: 07 September 2018
      • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316338612.002
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      • Introduction
      • Clifford M. Will, University of Florida
      • Book: Theory and Experiment in Gravitational Physics
      • Online publication: 07 September 2018
      • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316338612.002
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      • Introduction
      • Clifford M. Will, University of Florida
      • Book: Theory and Experiment in Gravitational Physics
      • Online publication: 07 September 2018
      • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316338612.002
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Summary

We review the early history of the general theory of relativity and its subsequent decline to the backwaters of physics and astronomy. We describe the renaissance of the theory during the 1960s and the renewed effort to subject it to experimental tests using laboratory experiments, the solar system, binary pulsars, and finally in 2015, gravitational waves. We then discuss future directions for experimental tests in the strong-field and dynamical regimes.

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Theory and Experiment in Gravitational Physics
  • Online ISBN: 9781316338612
  • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316338612
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