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An Introduction to Relativity

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  • Date Published: February 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521735612

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  • General relativity is now an essential part of undergraduate and graduate courses in physics, astrophysics and applied mathematics. This simple, user-friendly introduction to relativity is ideal for a first course in the subject. Beginning with a comprehensive but simple review of special relativity, the book creates a framework from which to launch the ideas of general relativity. After describing the basic theory, it moves on to describe important applications to astrophysics, black hole physics, and cosmology. Several worked examples, and numerous figures and images, help students appreciate the underlying concepts. There are also 180 exercises which test and develop students' understanding of the subject. The textbook presents all the necessary information and discussion for an elementary approach to relativity. Password-protected solutions to the exercises are available to instructors at www.cambridge.org/9780521735612.

    • Devoted to general relativity, it is designed to be a simple introduction to the topic for undergraduates and graduates
    • 180 exercises, several worked examples and figures help students to test and develop their understanding of the subject
    • Solutions to all exercises are available to lecturers online to aid with homework setting and class preparation
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    "...this is an excellent book, which researchers in relativity will treasure for its historical perspective." - Classical and Quantum Gravity

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    • Date Published: February 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521735612
    • length: 372 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 172 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • contains: 99 b/w illus. 180 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The special theory of relativity
    2. From special to the general theory of relativity
    3. Vectors and tensors
    4. Covariant differentiation
    5. Curvature of spacetime
    6. Spacetime symmetries
    7. Physics in curved spacetime
    8. Einstein's equations
    9. The Schwarzschild solutions
    10. Experimental tests of general relativity
    11. Gravitational radiation
    12. Relativistic astrophysics
    13. Black holes
    14. The expanding universe
    15. Friedmann models
    16. The early universe
    17. Observational cosmology
    18. Beyond relativity
    References
    Index.

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  • Author

    Jayant V. Narlikar, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune, India
    Jayant V. Narlikar is Emeritus Professor at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune, India. He is author of An Introduction to Cosmology, now in its third edition (Cambridge University Press, 2002), and has been active in teaching and researching cosmology, theoretical astrophysics, gravitation and relativity for nearly five decades.

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