On the Gravitational Field of a Mass Point
according to Einstein's Theory
by K. Schwarzschild
(Communicated January 13th, 1916 [see above p. 42].)
translation and foreword by
and A. Loinger
Foreword. This fundamental memoir contains the ORIGINAL form of the solution of Schwarzschild's problem.
It is regular in the whole space-time, with the only exception of the origin of the spatial co-ordinates; consequently,
it leaves no room for the science fiction of the black holes. (In the centuries of the decline of the Roman Empire
people said: "Graecum est, non legitur"...).
§1. In his work on the motion of the perihelion of Mercury (see Sitzungsberichte of November
18th, 1915) Mr. Einstein has posed the following problem:
Let a point move according to the prescription:
ds = 0,