Precession of the Perihelion
of Mercury
in Special and General Relativity

David N. Williams

Physics Department
University of Michigan
December 10, 1991

Abstract: This is a LaTeX version of slides for two lectures I gave for a bag lunch journal club. The first summarizes the lore on the precession of Mercury in special relativity, including my own calculations, in the nature of extended homework. The second summarizes Feynman's calculation, which illustrated his groundbreaking approach to general relativity as a flat-space gauge theory in his Lectures on Gravitation.

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