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Introducing Einstein's Relativity - Ray d'Inverno

Introducing Einstein's Relativity

Paperback Published: 20th August 1992
ISBN: 9780198596868
Number Of Pages: 400

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There is little doubt that Einstein's theory of relativity captures the imagination.

Not only has it radically altered the way we view the universe, but the theory also has a considerable number of surprises in store. This is especially so in the three main topics of current interest that this book reaches, namely: black holes, gravitational waves, and cosmology. The main aim of this textbook is to provide students with a sound mathematical introduction coupled to an understanding of the physical insights needed to explore the subject.

Indeed, the book follows Einstein in that it introduces the theory very much from a physical point of view. After introducing the special theory of relativity, the basic field equations of gravitation are derived and discussed carefully as a prelude to first solving them in simple cases and then exploring the three main areas of application. Einstein's theory of relativity is undoubtedly one of the greatest achievements of the human mind. Yet, in this book, the author makes it possible for students with a wide range of abilities to deal confidently with the subject.

Based on the author's fifteen years experience of teaching this subject, this is achieved by breaking down the main arguments into simple logical steps. The book includes numerous illustrative diagrams and exercises (of varying degrees of difficulty), and as a result this book makes an excellent course for any student coming to the subject for the first time.

`Ray d'Inverno's Introducing Einstein's Relativity seems to have done a wonderful job of taming what many undergraduates consider a ferocious course. The book has a large, reader-friendly format, with a lot of illustrations. Important equations are highlighted in boxes and the reader does not have to wade through an undifferentiated mass of tensor calculus.' New Scientist 'The visually stunning dust jacket cloaks exceptionally well-presented text and figures, making reading irresistible. This is a fine book which I have added to the recommended bibliography for my courses; colleagues at other universities are advised not to overlook it.' Times Higher Education Supplement 'This book is designed to explain the theory in terms which many students will find easier to digest.' Aslib Book Guide, Vol. 58, No. 1, January 1993 'a highly accessible undergraduate text book packaged in a reader-friendly style ... a comprehensive and accessible book' Felicity Mellor, The Observatory, Vol. 113, No. 1114 'a very readable and well illustrated treatment of general relativity, gravitational waves, black holes and cosmology' Australian & New Zealand Physicist, Volume 30, Number 3, March 1993 'The great experience of teaching Relativity is reflected by an excellent presentation of the material in the book ... It is a highly recommended introduction to the mathematical foundations as well as physical ideas underlying Einstein's Relativity. The text is concise and clear but nevertheless of a high level. The author has succeeded in writing a beautiful self-contained text ... very useful for students and graduates who want to become familiar with Einstein's theory of Relativity ... it can be unreservedly recommended as a good tool for preparing examinations in relativity. In all respects it is a pleasure to read this distinguished textbook.' D. Kramer, Class. Quantum Grav. 11 (1994) 'an intuitive and motivating presentation with mathematical precision where the latter is needed ... Extremely helpful are more than 200 figures, illustrating subjects which in many cases are difficult to imagine ... this book is one of the best pedagogical approaches to introduce general relativity and to present a connection to more advanced topics in this field. Hence it is highly recommendable for every student or teacher interested in this subject.' Bernd Wegner, Mathematics Abstracts, 774/93

1: Overview: The Organization of the Book
PART A: Special Relativity
2: The K-Calculus
3: The Key Attributes of Special Relativity
4: The Elements of Relativistic Mechanics
PART B: The Formalism of Tensors
5: Tensor Algebra
6: Tensor Calculus
7: Integration, Variation, and Symmetry
PART C: General Relativity
8: Special Relativity Revisited
9: The Principles of General Relativity
10: The Field Equations of General Relativity
11: General Relativity from a Variation Principle
12: The Energy-Momentum Tensor
13: The Structure of the Field Equations
14: The Schwarzschild Solution
15: Experimental Tests of General Relativity
PART D: Black Holes
16: Non-Rotating Black Holes
17: Maximal Extension and Conformal Compactification
18: Charged Black Holes
19: Rotating Black Holes
PART E: Gravitational Waves
20: Plane Gravitational Waves
21: Radiation from an Isolated Source
PART F: Cosmology
22: Relativistic Cosmology
23: Cosmological Models

ISBN: 9780198596868
ISBN-10: 0198596863
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 20th August 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.2 x 19.6  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.76

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