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In the present paper we follow three major themes: (i) concepts of rotation in general relativity, (ii) effects induced by these generalized rotations, and (iii) their measurement using interferometry. Our journey takes us from the Foucault pendulum via the Sagnac interferometer to manifestations of gravito-magnetism in double binary pulsars and in Gödel's Universe. Throughout our article we emphasize the emerging role of matter wave interferometry based on cold atoms or Bose-Einstein condensates leading to superior inertial sensors. In particular, we advertise recent activities directed towards the operation of a coherent matter wave interferometer in an extended free fall. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

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Space Science Reviews

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