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Modern General Relativity
Black Holes, Gravitational Waves, and Cosmology


  • Author: Mike Guidry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Date Published: January 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107197893

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  • Einstein's general theory of relativity is widely considered to be one of the most elegant and successful scientific theories ever developed, and it is increasingly being taught in a simplified form at advanced undergraduate level within both physics and mathematics departments. Due to the increasing interest in gravitational physics, in both the academic and the public sphere, driven largely by widely-publicised developments such as the recent observations of gravitational waves, general relativity is also one of the most popular scientific topics pursued through self-study. Modern General Relativity introduces the reader to the general theory of relativity using an example-based approach, before describing some of its most important applications in cosmology and astrophysics, such as gamma-ray bursts, neutron stars, black holes, and gravitational waves. With hundreds of worked examples, explanatory boxes, and end-of-chapter problems, this textbook provides a solid foundation for understanding one of the towering achievements of twentieth-century physics.

    • Assumes only undergraduate-level preparation in mathematics and physics, and requires minimal prior knowledge of astronomy and astrophysics
    • Introduces the core mathematical framework in the first half of the book so that students without a background in differential geometry can gain a solid understanding of the key concepts behind general relativity from the outset
    • Provides clear explanations of astronomical applications and observations, giving students insight into their wider implications in gravitational physics
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'A timely book which offers a simple and clear introduction to the theory of general relativity and its modern applications to cosmology, astrophysical black holes, and the exciting field of gravitational wave astronomy.' David Tong, University of Cambridge

    'This book stands out for its efficiency in balancing text with practical mathematics while still maintaining clarity, breadth, and up-to-date coverage of cosmology and gravitational wave sources. On balance, this may be the best current textbook on the market for an undergraduate course on general relativity for physical science majors.' Eric G. Blackman, University of Rochester

    'Mike Guidry has done an amazing job in presenting the most up-to-date aspects of general relativity, using a refreshing intuitive approach based on a variety of observable phenomena in physics and astronomy. A highly recommended text!' Djordje Minic, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    'Guidry's new book is a winner. While its depth and coverage are superior to most other textbooks at this level, it manages to stay pedagogical and friendly throughout. Impressive!' Rafael López-Mobilia, University of Texas, San Antonio

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107197893
    • length: 622 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 193 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.5kg
    • contains: 1500 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. General Relativity:
    1. Introduction
    2. Coordinate systems and transformations
    3. Tensors and covariance
    4. Lorentz covariance and special relativity
    5. Lorentz-invariant dynamics
    6. The principle of equivalence
    7. Curved spacetime and general covariance
    8. The general theory of relativity
    9. The Schwarzschild spacetime
    10. Neutron stars and pulsars
    Part II. Black Holes:
    11. Spherical black holes
    12. Quantum black holes
    13. Rotating black holes
    14. Observational evidence for black holes
    15. Black holes as central engines
    Part III. Cosmology:
    16. The Hubble expansion
    17. Energy and matter in the Universe
    18. Friedmann cosmologies
    19. Evolution of the Universe
    20. The Big Bang
    21. Extending classical Big Bang theory
    Part IV. Gravitational Wave Astronomy:
    22. Gravitational waves
    23. Weak sources of gravitational waves
    24. Strong sources of gravitational waves
    Part V. General Relativity and Beyond:
    25. Tests of general relativity
    26. Beyond standard models.

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    Mike Guidry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    Mike Guidry is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His current research is focused on the development of new algorithms to solve large sets of differential equations, and applications of Lie algebras to strongly-correlated electronic systems. He has written five textbooks and authored more than 120 journal publications on a broad variety of topics. He previously held the role of Lead Technology Developer for several major college textbooks in introductory physics, astronomy, biology, genetics, and microbiology. He has won multiple teaching awards and is responsible for a variety of important science outreach initiatives.

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