Relativistic Astrophysics And Cosmology: A Primer by Peter HoyngRelativistic Astrophysics And Cosmology: A Primer by Peter Hoyng

Relativistic Astrophysics And Cosmology: A Primer

byPeter Hoyng

Hardcover | July 7, 2006

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Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology offers a succinct and self-contained treatment of general relativity and its application to compact objects, gravitational waves and cosmology. The required mathematical concepts are introduced informally, following geometrical intuition as much as possible. The approach is theoretical, but there is ample discussion of observational aspects and of instrumental issues where appropriate.

The book includes such topical issues as the Gravity Probe B mission, interferometer detectors of gravitational waves, and the physics behind the angular power spectrum of the cosmic microwave background (CMB). Written for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students in (astro)physics, it is ideally suited for a lecture course and contains 140 exercises with extensive hints. The reader is assumed to be familiar with linear algebra and analysis, ordinary differential equations, special relativity, and basic thermal physics.

This book offers a succinct and self-contained treatment of general relativity and its application to neutron stars, black holes, gravitational waves and cosmology, at an intermediate level. The required mathematical concepts are introduced informally, following geometrical intuition as much as possible. The approach is theoretical, bu...
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Title:Relativistic Astrophysics And Cosmology: A PrimerFormat:HardcoverDimensions:294 pagesPublished:July 7, 2006Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1402045212

ISBN - 13:9781402045219

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Geometry of Riemann Spaces; The Field Equations; The Schwarzschild Metric; Compact Stars; Black Holes; Gravitational Waves; Fermi-Walker Metric; The Robertson-Walker Metric; The Evolution of the Universe; Observational Cosmology; The Big Bang; Inflation

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From the reviews:"The book is based on lecturers given by the author at the University of Utrecht to advanced undergraduates. This is a short and scholarly book. . For those lecturers who are already lecturing on the subject, the book would be a valuable additional text. For those who have no access to a course on relativistic astrophysics but are seriously interested in the subject, Peter Hoyng's book would be an excellent 'primer'." (Marek A. Abramowicz, Classical and Quantum Gravity, Issue 24, 2007)