First Course in General Relativity

ISBN-10: 0521277035
ISBN-13: 9780521277037
Edition: 1985
List price: $65.00
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Book details

List price: $65.00
Copyright year: 1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/31/1985
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

General relativity has become one of the central pillars of theoretical physics, with important applications in both astrophysics and high-energy particle physics, and no modern theoretical physicist's education should be regarded as complete without some study of the subject. This textbook, based on the author's own undergraduate teaching, develops general relativity and its associated mathematics from a minimum of prerequisites, leading to a physical understanding of the theory in some depth. It reinforces this understanding by making a detailed study of the theory's most important applications - neutron stars, black holes, gravitational waves, and cosmology - using the most up-to-date astronomical developments. The book is suitable for a one-year course for beginning graduate students or for undergraduates in physics who have studied special relativity, vector calculus, and electrostatics. Graduate students should be able to use the book selectively for half-year courses.

Preface
Special relativity
Vector analysis in special relativity
Tensor analysis in special relativity
Perfect fluids in special relativity
Preface to curvature
Curved manifolds
Physics in a curved spacetime
The Einstein field equations
Gravitational radiation
Spherical solutions for stars
Schwarzschild geometry and black holes
Cosmology
Appendices
References
Index

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