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Flat and Curved Space-Times

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ISBN-10: 0198506562

ISBN-13: 9780198506560

Edition: 2nd 2000 (Revised)

Authors: George F. R. Ellis, R. M. Williams, Mauro Carfora

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The present book explains special relativity and the basics of general relativity from a geometric viewpoint. Space-time geometry is emphasised throughout, and provides the basis of understanding of the special relativity effects of time dilation, length contraction, and the relativity of simultaneity. Bondi's K-calculus is introduced as a simple means of calculating the magnitudes of these effects, and leads to a derivation of the Lorentz transformation as a way of unifying these results. The invariant interval of flat space-time is generalised to that of curved space-times, and leads to an understanding of the basic properties of simple cosmological models and of the collapse of a star to…    
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Book details

List price: $93.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/11/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 388
Size: 6.14" wide x 9.25" long x 0.79" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Space-time diagrams and the foundations of special relativity
Fundamentals of measurement
Measurements in flat space-times
The Lorentz transformation and the invariant interval
Curved space-times
Spherical and stellar collapse
Simple cosmological models
Finale Afterword
Line integrals
Four-vectors and relativistic dynamics
Four-vectors, electromagnetism, and energy-momentum conservation Symbols used Index