Some subtleties of Riemannian geometry

 Yuri A. Rylov

Institute for Problems in Mechanics, Russian Academy of Sciences
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Updated December 16,, 2008

abstract

It is shown, that the conventional presentation of the Maxwell equations for the electromagnetic field in the Riemannian space-time appears to be problematic. The reason of hesitations is the fact, that a solution of the Maxwell equations in the space-time of Minkowski do not turn into solution of the Maxwell equations in the Riemannian space-time after replacement of Minkowskian world function s_M   by the world function s_R of the Riemannian space-time in the solution.

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