A Short Course in General Relativity / Edition 2

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Overview

This is an excellent introduction to general relativity. The authors' unique approach clarifies the mathematical aspects without sacrificing physical understanding. Many examples and problems help guide readers through the theory. The book concludes with brief introductory chapters on gravitational radiation and cosmology, and includes an appendix that reviews the special theory of relativity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387942957
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

J.D. Nightingale is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the State University of New York, College at New Paltz. J. Foster is recently retired Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Sussex. Both have extensive teaching experience in applied mathematics and theoretical physics. Prof. Nightingale's research interests tend towards the physical and cosmological consequences of general relativity, while Prof. Foster's tend towards the more mathematical aspects, such as exact solutions.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 Vector and tensor fields 7
2 The spacetime of general relativity and paths of particles 55
3 Field equations and curvature 99
4 Physics in the vicinity of a massive object 124
5 Gravitational radiation 161
6 Elements of cosmology 176
A Special relativity review 190
B The Chinese connection 213
References 221
Index 225
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