A new boundary condition and the geodesic postulate

Narlikar, V. V. (1938) A new boundary condition and the geodesic postulate Nature, 141 (3577). p. 906. ISSN 0028-0836

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Einstein and Rosen have admitted that the geodesic postulate is an extraneous one and that the field-equations of gravitation must give both matter and motion independently of such a postulate. It has not been rigorously proved yet that the geodesic postulate is implicit in the field-equations. A new boundary condition is stated here, couched in invariant terms; it is found to be satisfied by the Schwarzschild solution, and the content of the geodesic postulate that a test-particle describes a geodesic is shown to be implied by this condition. No extraneous postulate is necessary to account for the motion if the new boundary condition is accepted.

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