To the centenary of A. Einstein

From the equivalence principle to the equations of gravitation

a S.I. Vavilov Institute of History of Natural Sciences and Technology, Russian Academy of Sciences, ul. Obrucheva 30A, korp. B, Moscow, 117861, Russian Federation

The main stages in the discovery by Einstein of the equations of the general theory of relativity in November 1915 are recounted. The evolution of his ideas from the first formulation of the equivalence principle in 1907 is followed. The part played by Hubert in the finding of the final equations of the theory is discussed.

PACS: 04.20.Cv, 04.50.+h, 01.60.+q (all)
DOI: 10.1070/PU1979v022n07ABEH005582
Citation: Vizgin V P, Smorodinskii Ya A "From the equivalence principle to the equations of gravitation" Sov. Phys. Usp. 22 489–513 (1979)
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Оригинал: Визгин В П, Смородинский Я А «От принципа эквивалентности к уравнениям тяготения» УФН 128 393–434 (1979); DOI: 10.3367/UFNr.0128.197907a.0393

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