Planetary And Light Motions From Newtonian Theory: An Amusing Exercise
European Journal Of Physics
Science, Technology and Society
We attempt to see how closely we can formally obtain the planetary and light path equations of general relativity by employing certain operations on the familiar Newtonian equation. This paper is intended neither as an alternative to nor as a tool for grasping Einstein's general relativity. Though the exercise can be understood by readers at large, it is especially recommended to teachers of relativity for an appreciative understanding of its peculiarity as well as its pedagogical value in the teaching of differential equations.
Nandi, K. K., Ng Migranov, James C. Evans, and Mk Amedeker. 2006. "Planetary and light motions from Newtonian theory: an amusing exercise." European Journal Of Physics 27(2): 429-435.