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Advanced General Relativity : Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics - John Stewart

Advanced General Relativity

Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics

By: John Stewart, P. V. Landshoff (Editor), David R. Nelson (Editor), S. Weinberg (Editor)

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Published: 20th June 1994
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A modern self-contained introduction to key topics in advanced general relativity. The opening chapter reviews the subject, with strong emphasis on the geometric structures underlying the theory. The next chapter discusses 2-component spinor theory, its usefulness for describing zero-mass fields, its practical application via Newman-Penrose formalism, together with examples and applications. The subsequent chapter is an account of the asymptotic theory far from a strong gravitational source, describing the mathematical theory by which measurements of the far-field and gravitational radiation emanating from a source can be used to describe the source itself. The final chapter describes the natural characteristic initial value problem, first in general terms, and then with particular emphasis for relativity, concluding with its relation to Arnold's singularity theory. Exercises are included.

' ... can be recommended as an advanced introduction to applications of spinors in gravitational physics and in flat space.' L. M. Sokolowski, Classical and Quantum Gravity

Preface
Differential geometry
Spinors
Asymptopia
The characteristic initial value problem
Appendices
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521449465
ISBN-10: 0521449464
Series: Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 20th June 1994
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.32