Relativity: Special, General, and Cosmological

Paperback | April 21, 2006

byWolfgang Rindler

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Relativistic cosmology has in recent years become one of the most active and exciting branches of research, often considered to be today where particle physics was forty years ago, with major discoveries just waiting to happen. Consequently the part most affected by this second edition is thelast part on cosmology. But there are additions, improvements, and new exercises throughout. _ The book's basic purpose is unchanged. It is to make relativity come alive conceptually, and to display the grand theoretical edifice that it is,with consequences in many branches of physics. The emphasis is on the foundations, on the logical subtleties, and on presenting the necessary mathematics - including differential geometry and tensors - but always as late and in as palatable a form as possible. Aided by over 300 exercises, the bookseeks to promote an in-depth understanding, and the confidence to tackle any basic problem in relativity.

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Relativistic cosmology has in recent years become one of the most active and exciting branches of research, often considered to be today where particle physics was forty years ago, with major discoveries just waiting to happen. Consequently the part most affected by this second edition is thelast part on cosmology. But there are additi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:April 21, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. From absolute space and time to influenceable spacetime: an overviewPart I: Special Relativity2. Foundations of special relativity; the Lorentz transformation3. Relativistic kinematics4. Relativistic optics5. Spacetime and four-vectors6. Relativistic particle mechanics7. Four-tensors; electromagnetism in vacuumPart II: General Relativity8. Curved spaces and the basic ideas of general relativity9. Static and stationary spacetimes10. Geodesics, curvature tensor, and vacuum field equations11. The Schwarzschild metric12. Black holes and Kruskal space13. An exact plane gravitational wave14. The full field equations; de Sitter space15. Linearized general relativityPart III: Cosmology16. Cosmological spacetimes17. Light propagation in FRW universes18. Dynamics of FRW universes

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`... a first-class presentation of the intellectual glory of the first century of relativity.'Times Higher Education Supplement