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General Relativity

General Relativity
An Introduction for Physicists

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  • Date Published: March 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521829519

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  • After reviewing the basic concept of general relativity, this introduction discusses its mathematical background, including the necessary tools of tensor calculus and differential geometry. These tools are used to develop the topic of special relativity and to discuss electromagnetism in Minkowski spacetime. Gravitation as spacetime curvature is introduced and the field equations of general relativity derived. After applying the theory to a wide range of physical situations, the book concludes with a brief discussion of classical field theory and the derivation of general relativity from a variational principle.

    • Clear introduction to the mathematical background to general relativity
    • A discussion of a wide range of physical applications of the theory
    • Self-contained accounts of cosmology and the creation of structure in the universe, and of classical field theory
    • Includes 368 exercises to help students grasp material
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "General Relativity is written clearly... gives a good, readable introduction to the foundations and applications of general relativity theory, and it is a good choice for a general relativity course emphasizing astrophysical and cosmological applications."
    Lawrence H. Ford, Tufts University for Physics Today

    "Like any good book on general relativity, much is expected of the reader, but the writing is concise and elegant, with plenty of good exercises for the student to work on. The authors strike an excellent balance between the demands of mathematical rigor and physical significance."
    Alan S.McRae, Mathematical Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521829519
    • length: 592 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 179 x 33 mm
    • weight: 1.321kg
    • contains: 94 b/w illus. 8 tables 368 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The spacetime of special relativity
    2. Manifolds and coordinates
    3. Vector calculus on manifolds
    4. Tensor calculus on manifolds
    5. Special relativity revisited
    6. Electromagnetism
    7. The equivalence principle and spacetime curvature
    8. The gravitational field equations
    9. The Schwarzschild geometry
    10. Experimental tests of general relativity
    11. Schwarzschild black holes
    12. Further spherically-symmetric geometries
    13. The Kerr geometry
    14. The Friedmann–Robertson–Walker geometry
    15. Cosmological models
    16. Inflationary cosmology
    17. Linearised general relativity
    18. Gravitational waves
    19. A variational approach to general relativity.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • General Relativity and Cosmology
    • Gravitational Physics
    • Numerical Methods and Programming
    • Relativity and Cosmology
  • Authors

    M. P. Hobson, University of Cambridge
    Michael Hobson is a Reader in Astrophysics and Cosmology at the Cavendish Laboratory. He is also Director of Natural Sciences at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.

    G. P. Efstathiou, University of Cambridge
    George Efstathiou is Director of the Institute of Astronomy, the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of the Royal Society.

    A. N. Lasenby, University of Cambridge
    Anthony Lasenby is Professor of Astrophysics and Cosmology and Head of both the Astrophysics Group and the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory at the University of Cambridge.

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