Introducing Einsteins Relativity

Paperback | August 1, 1992

byRay dInverno

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There is little doubt that Einstein's theory of relativity captures the imagination. Not only has it radically altered the way we view the universe, but the theory also has a considerable number of surprises in store. This is especially so in the three main topics of current interest thatthis book reaches, namely: black holes, gravitational waves, and cosmology. The main 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. Indeed, the book follows Einstein in that it introduces the theory very much from a physical point of view. Afterintroducing the special theory of relativity, the basic field equations of gravitation are derived and discussed carefully as a prelude to first solving them in simple cases and then exploring the three main areas of application. Einstein's theory of relativity is undoubtedly one of the greatest achievements of the human mind. Yet, in this book, the author makes it possible for students with a wide range of abilities to deal confidently with the subject. Based on the author's fifteen years experience of teaching thissubject, this is achieved by breaking down the main arguments into simple logical steps. The book includes numerous illustrative diagrams and exercises (of varying degrees of difficulty), and as a result this book makes an excellent course for any student coming to the subject for the firsttime.

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There is little doubt that Einstein's theory of relativity captures the imagination. Not only has it radically altered the way we view the universe, but the theory also has a considerable number of surprises in store. This is especially so in the three main topics of current interest thatthis book reaches, namely: black holes, gravita...

Ray d'Inverno is at University of Southampton.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.84 × 7.87 × 0.91 inPublished:August 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198596863

ISBN - 13:9780198596868

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Table of Contents

1. Overview: The Organization of the BookPART A: Special Relativity2. The K-Calculus3. The Key Attributes of Special Relativity4. The Elements of Relativistic MechanicsPART B: The Formalism of Tensors5. Tensor Algebra6. Tensor Calculus7. Integration, Variation, and SymmetryPART C: General Relativity8. Special Relativity Revisited9. The Principles of General Relativity10. The Field Equations of General Relativity11. General Relativity from a Variation Principle12. The Energy-Momentum Tensor13. The Structure of the Field Equations14. The Schwarzschild Solution15. Experimental Tests of General RelativityPART D: Black Holes16. Non-Rotating Black Holes17. Maximal Extension and Conformal Compactification18. Charged Black Holes19. Rotating Black HolesPART E: Gravitational Waves20. Plane Gravitational Waves21. Radiation from an Isolated SourcePART F: Cosmology22. Relativistic Cosmology23. Cosmological Models

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'an intuitive and motivating presentation with mathematical precision where the latter is needed ... Extremely helpful are more than 200 figures, illustrating subjects which in many cases are difficult to imagine ... this book is one of the best pedagogical approaches to introduce generalrelativity and to present a connection to more advanced topics in this field. Hence it is highly recommendable for every student or teacher interested in this subject.'Bernd Wegner, Mathematics Abstracts, 774/93