General relativity and the application of algebraic manipulative systems

D Barton, John P Fitch

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The paper describes some applications of symbolic algebra systems to problems of general relativity including the derivation of the field equations, the Petrov classification of a metric, and the solution of the field equations in the presence of matter in a simple case. Attention is drawn to the strictly algebraic difficulties encountered in this work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)542-547
Number of pages6
JournalCommunications of the ACM (CACM)
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1971


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