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First Course in General Relativity (2ND 09 Edition)

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Clarity, readability and rigor combine in the second edition of this widely-used textbook to provide the first step into general relativity for undergraduate students with a minimal background in mathematics. Topics within relativity that fascinate astrophysical researchers and students alike are covered with Schutz's characteristic ease and authority - from black holes to gravitational lenses, from pulsars to the study of the Universe as a whole. This edition now contains discoveries by astronomers that require general relativity for their explanation; a revised chapter on relativistic stars, including new information on pulsars; an entirely rewritten chapter on cosmology; and an extended, comprehensive treatment of modern detectors and expected sources. Over 300 exercises, many new to this edition, give students the confidence to work with general relativity and the necessary mathematics, whilst the informal writing style makes the subject matter easily accessible.

Synopsis:

Clarity, readability and rigor combine in the second edition of this widely-used textbook to provide the first step into general relativity for undergraduate students with a minimal background in mathematics. Over 300 exercises give students the confidence to work with general relativity and the necessary mathematics.

About the Author

Bernard Schutz is Director of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, a Professor at Cardiff University, UK, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Potsdam and the University of Hannover, Germany. He is also a Principal Investigator of the GEO600 detector project and a member of the Executive Committee of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. Professor Schutz has been awarded the Amaldi Gold Medal of the Italian Society for Gravitation.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Fundamental principles of special relativity; 2. Vector analysis in special relativity; 3. Tensor analysis in special relativity; 4. Perfect fluids in special relativity; 5. Preface to curvature; 6. Curved manifolds; 7. Physics in a curved spacetime; 8. The Einstein field equations; 9. Gravitational radiation; 10. Spherical solutions for stars; 11. Schwarzschild geometry and black holes; 12. Cosmology; References; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521887052
Author:
Schutz, Bernard F.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
Schutz, Bernard
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Astrophysics & Space Science
Subject:
Relativity
Subject:
Astrophysics
Subject:
General relativity (physics)
Subject:
Physics-Relativity Theory
Subject:
Cosmology
Publication Date:
20090731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 b/w illus. 327 exercises
Pages:
410
Dimensions:
9.70x7.40x.80 in. 2.30 lbs.

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