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Modern General Relativity

Black Holes, Gravitational Waves, and Cosmology

Mike Guidry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


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…

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  • 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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