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Gravity An Introduction to Einstein's General Relativity


James B. Hartle, University of California, Santa Barbara
Published 2021


Einstein's theory of general relativity is a cornerstone of modern physics. It also touches upon a wealth of topics that students find fascinating – black holes, warped spacetime, gravitational waves, and cosmology. Now reissued by Cambridge University Press, this ground-breaking text helped to bring general relativity into the undergraduate curriculum, making it accessible to virtually all physics majors. One of the pioneers of the 'physics-first' approach to the subject, renowned relativist James B. Hartle, recognized that there is typically not…

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Key features

  • 'Physics-first' approach, so relevant simple solutions of the Einstein equation are presented first, before introducing the field equations of general relativity and their supporting mathematics, brings the student to the heart of the physical phenomena as quickly as possible
  • Novel and simple examples are used to keep the presentation concise and accessible, for instance, Schwarzschild black holes, spherical stars, weak gravitational waves in flat spacetime
  • Only absolutely essential new mathematical concepts are introduced, and these only when needed, to make GR accessible to physics students with typical calculus knowledge
  • Layered structure and included course map allow the text to be used for a range of course lengths and levels, from junior level to introductory graduate level in physics and astronomy

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