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Nathalie Deruelle and Jean-Philippe Uzan

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198786399

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198786399.001.0001

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The Nordström theory

The Nordström theory

Chapter:
(p.266) 10 The Nordström theory
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Relativity in Modern Physics
Author(s):

Nathalie Deruelle

Jean-Philippe Uzan

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198786399.003.0028

This chapter turns to the description of the interaction of a scalar field with particles which ‘feel’—that is, ‘charged’ particles. If the field is massless, and therefore long-range, and if the particle charge corresponds to its inertial mass, we have what is known as Nordström theory, a coherent theory of gravity which, however, disagrees with experiment. Nordström theory describes gravity by means of a massless scalar field φ‎. According to the ‘weak equivalence principle’, gravitational masses are equal to inertial masses, m = mg. When velocities are small, the gravitational field created is also weak.

Keywords:   Nordström theory, scalar fields, charged particles, gravity, two-body system, Nordström force

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