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Classical Measurements in Curved Space-Times
     

Classical Measurements in Curved Space-Times

by Fernando de Felice, Donato Bini
 

ISBN-10: 0521889308

ISBN-13: 9780521889308

Pub. Date: 09/30/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The theory of relativity describes the laws of physics in a given space-time. However, a physical theory must provide observational predictions expressed in terms of measurements, which are the outcome of practical experiments and observations. Ideal for readers with a mathematical background and a basic knowledge of relativity, this book will help readers

Overview

The theory of relativity describes the laws of physics in a given space-time. However, a physical theory must provide observational predictions expressed in terms of measurements, which are the outcome of practical experiments and observations. Ideal for readers with a mathematical background and a basic knowledge of relativity, this book will help readers understand the physics behind the mathematical formalism of the theory of relativity. It explores the informative power of the theory of relativity, and highlights its uses in space physics, astrophysics and cosmology. Readers are given the tools to pick out from the mathematical formalism those quantities that have physical meaning and which can therefore be the result of a measurement. The book considers the complications that arise through the interpretation of a measurement, which is dependent on the observer who performs it. Specific examples of this are given to highlight the awkwardness of the problem.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521889308
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2010
Series:
Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics Series
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The theory of relativity: a mathematical overview; 3. Space-time splitting; 4. Special frames; 5. The world function; 6. Local measurements; 7. Non-local measurements; 8. Observers in physical relevant space-times; 9. Measurements in physically relevant space-times; 10. Measurements of spinning bodies.

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