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A Short Course in General Relativity

Author: James Foster; J David Nightingale
Publisher: New York, NY : Springer New York, 1995.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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Suitable as a one-semester course in general relativity for senior undergraduate or beginning graduate students, this text clarifies the mathematical aspects of Einstein's general theory of relativity without sacrificing physical understanding. The text begins with an exposition of those aspects of tensor calculus and differential geometry needed for a proper exposition of the subject. The discussion then turns to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James Foster; J David Nightingale
ISBN: 9781475738414 1475738412
OCLC Number: 851814453
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 250 pages)
Contents: Introduction --
Vector and tensor fields --
The spacetime of general relativity and paths of particles --
Field equations and curvature --
Physics in the vicinity of a massive object --
Gravitational radiation --
Elements of cosmology --
Appendix A: Special relativity review --
Appendix B: The Chinese connection --
References --
Solutions --
Index.
Responsibility: by James Foster, J. David Nightingale.

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Suitable as a one-semester course in general relativity for senior undergraduate or beginning graduate students, this text clarifies the mathematical aspects of Einstein's general theory of relativity without sacrificing physical understanding. The text begins with an exposition of those aspects of tensor calculus and differential geometry needed for a proper exposition of the subject. The discussion then turns to the spacetime of general relativity and to geodesic motion, comparisons and contrasts with Newton's theory being drawn where appropriate. A brief consideration of the field equations is followed by a discussion of physics in the vicinity of massive objects, including an elementary treatment of black holes. Particular attention is paid to those aspects of the theory that have observational consequences. The book concludes with brief introductory chapters on gravitational radiation and cosmology, and includes an appendix that reviews the special theory of relativity. In preparing this new edition, the authors have made extensive revisions to the original text. In particular, the first three chapters -- covering coordinate systems, tensors and the geometry of curved spaces -- have been completely rewritten to make the material readily accessible to physics students. Many examples, exercises and problems help guide the student through the theory.

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