General Relativity

Sun, Earth, Jupiter, and Saturn surrounded by blue circles and lines, plus space probe and radio signals.

High-precision test of general relativity by the Cassini space probe (artist's impression): radio signals sent between the Earth and the probe (green wave) are delayed by the warping of spacetime (blue lines) due to the Sun's mass. (This image is in the public domain. Courtesy of NASA.)


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Spring 2020



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8.962 is MIT's graduate course in general relativity, which covers the basic principles of Einstein's general theory of relativity, differential geometry, experimental tests of general relativity, black holes, and cosmology. 

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Scott Hughes. 8.962 General Relativity. Spring 2020. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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