General Theory of Relativity

ISBN-10: 069101146X

ISBN-13: 9780691011462

Edition: 1996

Authors: P. A. M. Dirac

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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 of lectures given by Dirac at Florida State University, and intended for the advanced undergraduate,General Theory of Relativitycomprises thirty-five compact chapters that take the reader point-by-point through the necessary steps for understanding general relativity.
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List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 1/28/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 80
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Special Relativity
Oblique Axes
Curvilinear Coordinates
Curved Space
Parallel Displacement
Christoffel Symbols
The Stationary Property of Geodesics
Covariant Differentiation
The Curvature Tensor
The Condition for Flat Space
The Bianchi Relations
The Ricci Tensor
Einstein's Law of Gravitation
The Newtonian Approximation
The Gravitational Red Shift
The Schwarzchild Solution
Black Holes
Tensor Densities
Gauss and Stokes Theorems
Harmonic Coordinates
The Electromagnetic Field
Modification of the Einstein Equations by the Presence of Matter
The Material Energy Tensor
The Gravitational Action Principle
The Action for a Continuous Distribution of Matter
The Action for the Electromagnetic Field
The Action for Charged Matter
The Comprehensive Action Principle
The Pseudo-Energy Tensor of the Gravitational Field
Explicit Expression for the Pseudo-Tensor
Gravitational Waves
The Polarization of Gravitational Waves
The Cosmological Term
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