Relativity: Special, General, and Cosmological by Wolfgang Rindler

Relativity: Special, General, and Cosmological

byWolfgang Rindler

Hardcover | April 15, 2001

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This book is a considerable amplification and modernisation of the author's earlier Essential Relativity. It aims to bring the challenge and excitement of modern relativity and cosmology at rigorous mathematical level within reach of advanced undergraduates and beginning graduates, whilecontaining enough new material to interest lecturers and researchers. Its basic purpose is to make relativity come alive conceptually. Hence the emphasis on the foundations and the logical subtleties rather than on the mathematics or the detailed experiments per se. Aided by some 300 exercises, itpromotes a visceral understanding and the confidence to tackle any fundamental relativistic problem. Following a critical overview of the whole field, special-relativistic kinematics is presented three- dimensionally before the mathematical level gradually rises. Four-vectors precede mechanics,four-tensors precede Maxwell theory, and two of the eight chapters on general relativity roll by before general tensors are needed. Three 'easy' chapters on cosmology round off the work.

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Prof. Wolfgang Rindler, Dept of Physics, The University of Texas at Dallas, Email:, Phone: (972) 387 9768, Fax: (972) 883 2848

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Title:Relativity: Special, General, and CosmologicalFormat:HardcoverPublished:April 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198508352

ISBN - 13:9780198508359

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Table of Contents

Introduction: From absolute space and time to influenceable space time - an overviewPart I: Special Relativity: Foundations of special relativity; the Lorentz transformation; relativistic kinematics; relativistic optics; spacetime and four-vectors; relativistic particle mechanics; four-tensors; electromagnetism in vacuumPart II: General Relativity: Curved spaces and the basic ideas of general relativity; static and stationary spacetimes; geodesics, curvature tensor and vacuum field equations; the Schwarzschild metric; black holes and Kruskal space; an exact graviational wave; the full field equations; de Sitterspace; linearized general relativityPart III: Cosmology: Cosmological spacetimes; light propagation in FRW universes; dynamics of FRW universesAppendix: Curvature tensor components

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"A textbook for graduate or advanced undergraduate physics students who are familiar with calculus up to partial differentiation, ordinary vector, and the binomial theorem. Rindler (physics, U. of Texas-Dallas) has essentially rewritten his earlier Essential Relativity to account for the growingsophistication and inquisitiveness about relativity in mainstream physics. He does not provide a bibliography."--SciTech Book News