Abstract

Symmetry: Culture and Science
Volume 29, Number 2, pages 245-256 (2018)
https://doi.org/10.26830/symmetry_2018_2_245

SYMMETRY PRINCIPLES IN EINSTEIN’S THEORY OF RELATIVITY

Peter C. Aichelburg

Theoretical physicist
Address: Gravitational Physics, Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna, Boltzmanng. 5, A-1090 Vienna, Austria
E-mail: aichelp8@univie.ac.at

Abstract: Symmetries have played and still play a profound role in physics. To all scales, from particle physics to cosmology, symmetries are essential ingredients for describing and understanding our physical world. In the following I concentrate on the underlying symmetry principles that guided Einstein in the search for a new theory: from Special to General Relativity and to Cosmology.

Keywords: General Relativity, Geometry, Cosmology, History of Science