General Relativity

  • Lecturer: Stefan Hollands
  • Date: tba
  • Room: tba
  • Language: English
  • Target audience: MSc students, PhD students, Postdocs
  • Content (Keywords): Special Relativity, General Relativity and Applications
  • Prerequisites: Classical Mechanics
  • Remarks: See the lecture homepage for updates.


These lectures will cover the basic concepts and methods of special and general relativity theory, followed by introductions to all the most important physical applications of Einstein's theory of gravitation.

Topics include:

  •  time and space in special relativity
  •  curvature of spacetime and Einstein's equations
  •  general covariance and the equivalence principle
  •  geodesics
  •  gravitational waves
  •  cosmological models and expansion of the universe
  •  singularities of spacetime and black holes
  •  general relativity and the GPS system               

This lecture is one half of the "Quantum/Gravity Double Feature", the other half being the lecture on Quantum Field Theory on Curved Spacetimes by Rainer Verch and Thomas-Paul Hack. The lectures are planned as a double feature, but are each self-contained and can hence also be attended separately.

Regular Lectures (Summer 2016)

15.10.2018, 13:56