Gravitation / Edition 1

Gravitation / Edition 1

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by Charles W. Misner, Kip S. Thorne, John Archibald Wheeler
     
 

This landmark text offers a rigorous full-year graduate level course on gravitation physics, teaching students to:
• Grasp the laws of physics in flat spacetime
• Predict orders of magnitude
• Calculate using the principal tools of modern geometry
• Predict all levels of precision
• Understand Einstein's geometric

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Overview

This landmark text offers a rigorous full-year graduate level course on gravitation physics, teaching students to:
• Grasp the laws of physics in flat spacetime
• Predict orders of magnitude
• Calculate using the principal tools of modern geometry
• Predict all levels of precision
• Understand Einstein's geometric framework for physics
• Explore applications, including pulsars and neutron stars, cosmology, the Schwarzschild geometry and gravitational collapse, and gravitational waves
• Probe experimental tests of Einstein's theory
• Tackle advanced topics such as superspace and quantum geometrodynamics

The book offers a unique, alternating two-track pathway through the subject:
• In many chapters, material focusing on basic physical ideas is designated as
Track 1. These sections together make an appropriate one-term advanced/graduate level course (mathematical prerequisites: vector analysis and simple partial-differential equations). The book is printed to make it easy for readers to identify these sections.
• The remaining Track 2 material provides a wealth of advanced topics instructors can draw from to flesh out a two-term course, with Track 1 sections serving as prerequisites.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780716703440
Publisher:
Freeman, W. H. & Company
Publication date:
09/15/1973
Series:
Physics Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
1215
Product dimensions:
7.92(w) x 10.00(h) x 2.24(d)

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Table of Contents

Gravitation has an innovative two-track organization. Within chapters, specific material designated "Track 1" covers the key physical ideas that make up the indispensable core of gravitation theory. The remaining material, designated "Track 2" covers advanced topics.

• = Chapters which include at least some Track 1 material

Part I. Spacetime Physics
• 1. Geometrodynamics in Brief

Part II. Physics in Flat Spacetime
• 2. Foundations of Special Relativity
• 3. The Electromagnetic Field
4. Electromagnetism and Differential Forms
• 5. Stress-Energy Tensor and Conservation Laws
• 6. Accelerated Observers
7. Incompatibility of Gravity and Special Relativity

Part III. The Mathematics of Curved Spacetime
• 8. Differential Geometry: An Overview
9. Differential Topology
10. Affine Geometry: Geodesics, Parallel Transport and Covariant Derivatives
11. Geodesic Deviation and Spacetime Curvature
12. Newtonian Gravity in the Language of Curved Spacetime
13. Riemannian Geometry: Metric as Foundation of All
14. Calculation of Curvature
15. Bianchi Identities and the Boundary of a Boundary

Part IV. Einstein's Geometric Theory of Gravity
• 16. Equivalence Principle and Measuremetn of the "Gravitational Field"
• 17. How Mass-Energy Generates Curvature
• 18. Weak Gravitational Fields
• 19. Mass and Angular Momentum of a Gravititing System
20. Conservation Laws for 4-Momentum and Angular Momentum
21. Variation Principle and Initial-Value Data
22. Thermodynamics, Hydrodynamics, Electrodynamics, Geometric Optics, and Kinetic Theory

Part V. Relativistic Stars
• 23. Spherical Stars
• 24. Pulsars and Neutron Stars: Quasars and Supermassive Stars
• 25. The "Pit in the Potential" as the Central New Feature of Motion in Schwarzschild Geometry
26. Stellar Pulsations

Part VI. The Universe
27. Idealized Cosmologies
• 28. Evolution of the Universe into Its Present State
29. Present State and Future Evolution of the Universe
30. Anisotropic and Inhomogeneous Cosmologies

Part VII. Gravitational Collapse and Black Holes
• 31. Schwarzschild Geometry
• 32. Gravitational Collapse
• 33. Black Holes
34. Global Techniques, Horizons, and Singularity Theorems

Part VIII. Gravitational Waves
• 35. Propagation of Gravitational Waves
• 36. Generation of Gravitational Waves
• 37. Detection of Gravitational Waves

Part IX. Experimental Tests of General Relativity
• 38. Testing the Foundations of Relativity
• 39. Other Theories of Gravity and the Post-Newtonian Approximation
• 40. Solar-System Experiment

Part X. Frontiers
41. Spinors
42. Regge Calculus
43. Superspace: Arena for the Dynamics of Geometry
44. Beyond the End of Time

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