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General Relativity : an Einstein Centenary Survey - Stephen Hawking

General Relativity

an Einstein Centenary Survey

By: Stephen Hawking (Editor), W. Israel (Editor)

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Published: 18th March 2010
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When this book was originally published in 1979, the vitality of Einstein's general theory and its impact on other branches of science had never been greater. The unprecedented advances of the previous fifteen years had been stimulated on the observational side by developments in radar and space technology and by the discovery of exotic astronomical objects, which pointed to the existence of very strong gravitational fields, and possibly black holes, in many parts of the universe. Equally striking had been the progress in theoretical understanding, notably of black hole physics, the early history of the universe and the reconciliation of quantum physics and gravitational theory. To honour Einstein's hundredth birthday, twenty-one of the world's leading relativists collaborated on this carefully integrated survey of the state of research. This unique book, which remained a standard for many years, is indispensable to anyone concerned with the profound influence that Einstein's theory has exerted on our notions of space, time and the ultimate nature of matter.

List of contributors
Preface
An introductory survey
The confrontation between gravitation theory and experiment
Gravitational-radiation experiments
The initial value problem and the dynamical formulation of general relativity
Global structure of spacetimes
The general theory of the mechanical, electromagnetic and thermodynamic properties of black holes
An introduction to the theory of the Kerr metric and its peturbations
Black hole astrophysics
The big bang cosmology - enigmas and nostrums
Cosmology and the early universe
Anisotropic and inhomogeneous relativistic cosmologies
Singularities and time-asymmetry
Quantum field theory in curved spacetime
Quantum gravity: the new synthesis
The path-integral approach to quantum gravity
Ultraviolet divergences in quantum theories of gravitation
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521137980
ISBN-10: 0521137985
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 937
Published: 18th March 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 32.5 x 25.0  x 6.8
Weight (kg): 1.82