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gravitation theory - empirical status from solar system experiments.Review of historical and recent experiments which speak in favor of a post-Newtonian relativistic gravitational theory. The topics include the foundational experiments, metric theories of gravity, experiments designed to differentiate among the metric theories, and tests of Machian concepts of gravity. It is shown that the metric field for any metric theory can be specified by a series of potential terms with several parameters. It is pointed out that empirical results available up to date yield values of the parameters which are consistent with the prediction of Einstein's general relativity.
Document ID
19730030447
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Nordtvedt, K. L., Jr.
(Montana State University Bozeman, Mont., United States)
Date Acquired
August 7, 2013
Publication Date
December 15, 1972
Publication Information
Publication: Science
Volume: 178
Subject Category
SPACE SCIENCES
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NGR-27-001-035
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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