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An introduction to relativistic gravitation

Author: Rémi Hakim
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A toolkit for exploring gravitational physics at work in the universe.

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rémi Hakim
ISBN: 0521453127 9780521453127 0521459303 9780521459303
OCLC Number: 36923004
Description: ix, 271 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Newtonian Gravitation --
Newtonian space-time --
Simultaneity and distance measures --
Newton's absolutes and the notion of the ether --
The principle of inertia --
The laws of dynamics and Galilean relativity --
Inertia and relativity principles as seen by Galileo --
Newtonian gravitation --
Measuring the gravitational constant --
Limits of the Newtonian theory of gravity --
The finiteness of the velocity of light --
Michelson's experiment --
Minkowski Space-Time --
The space-time of special relativity --
The Lorentz transformation --
Causality and simultaneity --
Times and distances measured by inertial observers --
Global properties of space-time --
Experimental verification of Special Relativity --
The Relativistic Form of Physical Laws --
Tensor formalism --
The Doppler effect and aberration --
The kinematic description of particle motion --
Relativistic dynamics: E=mc[superscript 2] --
Minkowski space in curvilinear coordinates --
Gravitation and Special Relativity --
The gravitational redshift --
Light bending --
The advance of the perihelion of Mercury --
The need for nonlinear equations for gravitation --
Electromagnetism and Relativistic Hydrodynamics --
Densities and currents --
The equations of electromagnetism --
The energy-momentum tensor --
Relativistic hydrodynamics --
What is Curved Space? --
Some manifestations of curvature --
Curvature of two-dimensional surfaces --
The meaning of intrinsic curvature --
Surfaces in R[superscript n] --
Riemann spaces --
Intrinsic curvature of a manifold.
Responsibility: Rémi Hakim.
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