Relativity An Introduction to Special and General Relativity

ISBN-10: 0521010691
ISBN-13: 9780521010696
Edition: 3rd 2003 (Revised)
Authors: Hams Stephani
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List price: $124.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/12/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 420
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.870
Language: English

Thoroughly revised and updated, this self-contained textbook provides a pedagogical introduction to relativity. It covers the most important features of special as well as general relativity, and considers more difficult topics, such as charged pole-dipole particles, Petrov classification, groups of motions, gravitational lenses, exact solutions and the structure of infinity. The necessary mathematical tools are provided, most derivations are complete, and exercises are included where appropriate. The bibliography lists the original papers and also directs the reader to useful monographs and review papers. Previous Edition Hb(1990): 0-521-37066-3 Previous Edition Pb(1990): 0-521-37941-5

Foreword
Special Relativity
Introduction: inertial systems and Galilei invariance
Light propagation and Lorenz transformations
Our world as a Minkowski space
Mechanics of special relativity
Optics of plane waves
Four-dimensional vectors and tensors
Electrodynamics in vacuo
Transformation properties of electromagnetic fields: examples
Null vectors and algebraic properties of electromagnetic fields
Charged point particles and their field
Pole-dipole particles and their field
Electrodynamics in media
Perfect fluids and other physical theories
Riemannian Geometry
The force-free motion of particles
Why Riemannian geometry?
Riemannian space
Tensor algebra
The covariant derivative and parallel transport
The curvature tensor
Differential operators, integrals and integral laws
Fundamental laws of physics in Riemannian spaces
Foundations of Einstein's Theory of Gravitation
The fundamental equations of Einstein's theory of gravitation
The Schwarzschild solution
Experiments to verify the Schwarzschild metric
Gravitational lenses
The interior Schwarzschild solution
Linearized Theory of Gravitation, Far Fields and Gravitational Waves
The linearized Einstein theory of gravity
Far fields and balance equations
Gravitational waves
The Cauchy problem for the Einstein field equations
Invariant Characterization of Exact Solutions
Preferred vector fields and their properties
The Petrov classification
Killing vectors and groups of motion
A survey of some selected classes of exact solutions
Gravitational Collapse and Black Holes
The Schwarzschild singularity
Gravitational collapse of spherically-symmetric stars
Rotating black holes
Black holes are not black
The conformal structure of infinity
Cosmology
Robertson-Walker metrics and their properties
The dynamics of R-W metrics and the Friedmann universes
Our Universe as a Friedmann model
General cosmological models
Bibliography
Index

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