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General theory of relativity

Author: Paul Andrieu Maurice Dirac
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 1996.
Series: Princeton Landmarks in Mathematics and Physics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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Einstein's general theory of relativity requires a curved space for the description of the physical world. If one wishes to go beyond superficial discussions of the physical relations involved, one needs to set up precise equations for handling curved space. The well-established mathematical technique that accomplishes this is clearly described in this classic book by Nobel Laureate P.A.M. Dirac. Based on a series  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Andrieu Maurice Dirac
ISBN: 069101146X 9780691011462
OCLC Number: 645022340
Description: viii, 71 p.
Contents: 1. Special Relativity --
2. Oblique Axes --
3. Curvilinear Coordinates --
4. Nontensors --
5. Curved Space --
6. Parallel Displacement --
7. Christoffel Symbols --
8. Geodesics --
9. The Stationary Property of Geodesics --
10. Covariant Differentiation --
11. The Curvature Tensor --
12. The Condition for Flat Space --
13. The Bianei Relations --
14. The Ricci Tensor --
15. Einstein's Law of Gravitation --
16. The Newtonian Approximation --
17. The Gravitational Red Shift --
18. The Schwarzchild Solution --
19. Black Holes --
20. Tensor Densities --
21. Gauss and Stokes Theorems --
22. Harmonic Coordinates --
23. The Electromagnetic Field --
24. Modification of the Einstein Equations by the Presence of Matter --
25. The Material Energy Tensor --
26. The Gravitational Action Principle --
27. The Action for a Continuous Distribution of Matter --
28. The Action for the Electromagnetic Field --
29. The Action for Charged Matter --
30. The Comprehensive Action Principle.
Series Title: Princeton Landmarks in Mathematics and Physics.
Responsibility: P.A.M. Dirac.

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