 
Summary: arXiv:grqc/0308005
v3
26
Sep
2005
THE TOPOLOGY OF SCHWARZSCHILD'S SOLUTION
AND THE KRUSKAL METRIC
SALVATORE ANTOCI AND DIERCKEKKEHARD LIEBSCHER
Abstract. Kruskal's extension solves the problem of the arrow of time
of the \Schwarzschild solution" through combining two Hilbert mani
folds by a singular coordinate transformation. We discuss the implica
tions for the singularity problem and the denition of the mass point.
The analogy set by Rindler between the Kruskal metric and the
Minkowski spacetime is investigated anew. The question is answered,
whether this analogy is limited to a similarity of the chosen \Bildraume",
or can be given a deeper, intrinsic meaning. The conclusion is reached by
observing a usually neglected dierence: the left and right quadrants of
Kruskal's metric are endowed with worldlines of absolute rest, uniquely
dened through each event by the manifold itself, while such worldlines
obviously do not exist in the Minkowski spacetime.
