SYMMETRY PRINCIPLES IN EINSTEIN’S THEORY OF RELATIVITY
Peter C. Aichelburg
Address: Gravitational Physics, Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna, Boltzmanng. 5, A-1090 Vienna, Austria
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