General Relativity 4: Astrophysics & Cosmology

General Relativity 4: Astrophysics & Cosmology

by Robert Piccioni

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All of modern astrophysics and cosmology stands on the foundation of General Relativity that is best expressed in tensors.

This book, and its prequel General Relativity 3, present the clearest, most comprehensible, and most complete introduction to the tensor calculus of differential topology, which Einstein used to explain the cosmos. Derivations that are difficult to find elsewhere, are all collected here and explained in detail.

This book explores:

- photon orbits around black holes
- the black hole mirror effect
- frame-dragging near rotating black holes
- Riemann normal coordinates and Riemann symmetries
- the Bianchi Identity
- how energy and momentum conservation are tied to the geometry of spacetime
- the tensors of relativistic electromagnetism
- the structure of relativistic stars, including neutron stars
- and the FRW expansion equation of the universe

All this using the tensor calculus of General Relativity.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148742487
Publisher: Real Science Publishing
Publication date: 08/20/2013
Series: Everyone's Guide Series , #25
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 464 KB

About the Author

Dr. Piccioni has a B.S. in Physics from Caltech, a Ph.D. in High Energy Physics from Stanford University, was a faculty member at Harvard University and did research at the Stanford Linear Accelerator in Palo Alto, Calif.

He has studied with and done research with numerous Nobel Laureates. At Caltech, one of his professors was Richard Feynman, one of the most famous physicists of the 20th century, and a good family friend.

Dr. Piccioni has introduced cutting-edge science to numerous non-scientific audiences, including school children and civic groups. He was guest lecturer on a National Geographic/Lindblad cruise. He has given invited talks at Harvard, Caltech, UCLA, and Stanford University.

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