# Einstein Relatively Easy

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As all the information about the spacetime structure is being contained in the metric, it should be possible to express the Christoffel symbols in terms of this metric.

The following calculation is a little bit long and requires  special attention (although it is not particularly difficult).

So far, we have defined both the metric tensor and the Christoffel symbols as respectively:

Let's begin by rewriting our metric tensor in the slightly different form gαμ:

Now, in this second step, we want to calculate the partial derivative of gαμ by xν:

Now let's try to rewrite the Christoffel symbol by multiplying each part of the equation by the partial derivative of ξσ relative to xβ:

We can now rewrite the partial derivative of gαμ by xν as follows:

or we recognize from our previous article Generalisation of the metric tensor that

If we now do the operation (3) + (4) - (5) we get:

Finally the last step consists in multiplying  both sides of the equations by the inverse metric gβα to isolate the Christoffel symbol

Usually, we adopt the following convention for writing partial derivatives:

Phew!

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"Pas plus de cinq ou six semaines s'écoulèrent entre la conception de l'idée de la relativité restreinte et la rédaction de l'article correspondant."
Einstein à Carl Seelig, 11 Mars 1952

"N'importe quel étudiant dans les rues de Göttigen en connaît plus qu'Einstein sur les géométries à 4 dimensions. Et pourtant ce fut Einstein qui accomplit le travail, et non les mathématiciens."
David Hilbert

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