Relativity
An Introduction to Special and General Relativity
3rd Edition
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 Author: Hans Stephani, FriedrichSchillerUniversität, Jena, Germany
 Date Published: March 2004
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Thoroughly revised and updated, this selfcontained textbook provides a pedagogical introduction to relativity. It covers the most important features of special as well as general relativity, and considers more difficult topics, such as charged poledipole particles, Petrov classification, groups of motions, gravitational lenses, exact solutions and the structure of infinity. The necessary mathematical tools are provided, most derivations are complete, and exercises are included where appropriate. The bibliography lists the original papers and also directs the reader to useful monographs and review papers. Previous Edition Hb(1990): 0521370663 Previous Edition Pb(1990): 0521379415
Read more Thoroughly revised and updated edition, now including a large section on special relativity
 Clear, selfcontained and concise textbook, suitable for undergraduate and beginning graduate courses
 Author is well known for his important research in the field
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"...not only an excellent textbook for an introductory course in relativity, but [it] is also a quite good standard reference book for researchers in the field. Overall I would rate it among the top introductory books to the General Theory of Relativity." SIAM Review
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 Edition: 3rd Edition
 Date Published: March 2004
 format: Paperback
 isbn: 9780521010696
 length: 420 pages
 dimensions: 228 x 152 x 24 mm
 weight: 0.752kg
 contains: 3 tables 102 exercises
 availability: Available
Table of Contents
Preface
Notation
Part I. Special Relativity:
1. Introduction: inertial systems and Galilei invariance of classical mechanics
2. Light propagation in moving coordinate systems and Lorentz transformations
3. Our world as a Minkowski space
4. Mechanics of special relativity
5. Optics of plane waves
6. Fourdimensional vectors and tensors
7. Electrodynamics in vacuo
8. Transformation properties of electromagnetic fields: examples
9. Null vectors and the algebraic properties of electromagnetic field tensors
10. Charged point particles and their field
11. Poledipole particles and their field
12. Electrodynamics in media
13. Perfect fluids and other physical theories
Part II. Riemannian Geometry:
14. Introduction: the forcefree motion of particles in Newtonian mechanics
15. Why Riemannian geometry?
16. Riemannian space
17. Tensor algebra
18. The covariant derivative and parallel transport
19. The curvature tensor
20. Differential operators, integrals and integral laws
21. Fundamental laws of physics in Riemannian spaces
Part III. Foundations of Einstein's Theory of Gravitation:
22. The fundamental equations of Einstein's theory of gravitation
23. The Schwarzschild solution
24. Experiments to verify the Schwarzschild metric
25. Gravitational lenses
26. The interior Schwarzschild solution
Part IV. Linearized Theory of Gravitation, Far Fields and Gravitational Waves:
27. The linearized Einstein theory of gravity
28. Far fields due to arbitrary matter distributions and balance equations for momentum and angular momentum
29. Gravitational waves
30. The Cauchy problem for the Einstein field equations
Part V. Invariant Characterization of Exact Solutions:
31. Preferred vector fields and their properties
32. The Petrov classification
33. Killing vectors and groups of motion
34. A survey of some selected classes of exact solutions
Part VI. Gravitational Collapse and Black Holes:
35. The Schwarzschild singularity
36. Gravitational collapse  the possible life history of a spherically symmetric star
37. Rotating black holes
38. Black holes are not black  relativity theory and quantum theory
39. The conformal structure of infinity
Part VII. Cosmology:
40. RobertsonWalker metrics and their properties
41. The dynamics of RobertsonWalker metrics and the Friedmann universes
42. Our Universe as a Friedmann model
43. General cosmological models
Bibliography
Index.
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