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

5 - Metric Theories of Gravity and Their Post-Newtonian Limits


We discuss a range of metric theories of gravity and their post-Newtonian limits. We begin with a general recipe for calculating the post-Newtonian limit in generic metric theories, and then turn to specific theories. Included are general relativity, scalar-tensor theories, vector-tensor theories (including Einstein-Aether and Khronometric theories), tensor-vector-scalar theories (including TeVeS), quadratic gravity theories (including Chern-Simons theory), and massive gravity theories. We also review the fate of theories of gravity that were featured in the first edition of this book, but that are no longer considered viable or interesting, including Whitehead’s theory and Rosen’s bimetric theory.

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Theory and Experiment in Gravitational Physics
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