We are entering an era where the numerical construction of generic spacetimes is becoming a reality. The use of computer simulations, in principle, allows us to solve Einstein equations in their full generality and unravel important messages so far hidden in the theory. Despite the problems still found in present applications, significant progress is being achieved in a number of areas where simulations are on the verge of providing useful physical information. This article reviews recent progress made in the field, paying particular attention to black hole spacetimes and discuss open problems and prospects for the future.
General Relativity and Gravitation
- Pub Date:
- September 2002
- General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology
- 18 pages, 6 figures, report of the plenary talk at the 16th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation, held at Durban, S. Africa in July 2001 Corrected 1 figure from previous version