Introducing Einstein's Relativity / Edition 1

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Overview


There is little doubt that Einstein's theory of relativity captures the imagination. It is unrivalled in forming the basis of the way we view the universe and the many surprises that the theory has in store -- the characteristics of black holes, the prospect of detecting gravitational waves, and the sheer scope and profundity of current cosmology excite all students of relativity. The aim of this textbook is to provide students with a sound mathematical introduction coupled to an understanding of the physical insights needed to explore the subject. The book follows Einstein in that it introduces the basic field equations by discussing the relativistic theory of gravitation from a physics point of view, and the structure on the resulting equations is discussed carefully before going on to their solution in simple settings. The book is designed with two objectives: to familiarize students with the basic ideas and equations of the theory, and to cover three main topics: black holes, gravitational waves, and cosmology. Throughout, the author has included numerous exercises (of varying degrees of difficulty) to illustrate and extend the ideas covered. As a result, this book will make an excellent first course for any student coming to the subject for the first time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198596868
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/18/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 977,487
  • Product dimensions: 9.88 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The Organization of the Book
PART A: Special Relativity
2. The K-Calculus
3. The Key Attributes of Special Relativity
4. The Elements of Relativistic Mechanics
PART B: The Formalism of Tensors
5. Tensor Algebra
6. Tensor Calculus
7. Integration, Variation, and Symmetry
PART C: General Relativity
8. Special Relativity Revisited
9. The Principles of General Relativity
10. The Field Equations of General Relativity
11. General Relativity from a Variation Principle
12. The Energy-Momentum Tensor
13. The Structure of the Field Equations
14. The Schwarzschild Solution
15. Experimental Tests of General Relativity
PART D: Black Holes
16. Non-Rotating Black Holes
17. Maximal Extension and Conformal Compactification
18. Charged Black Holes
19. Rotating Black Holes
PART E: Gravitational Waves
20. Plane Gravitational Waves
21. Radiation from an Isolated Source
PART F: Cosmology
22. Relativistic Cosmology
23. Cosmological Models

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