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Relativity and Gravitation - Philippe Tourrenc

Relativity and Gravitation

By: Philippe Tourrenc, Andrew King (Translator)


Published: 7th April 1997
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The book presents, in a condensed form, all aspects of special relativity (Part I) and relativistic gravitation (Part II). The emphasis is on physical experiment, observation and interpretation. The first four chapters in Part I introduce special relativity, the following three chapters deal with mathematical derivation and introduce new concepts as background for Part II. Part II describes Newtonian gravitation using metric theory (placing it in general relativity); experimental tests are described using the post-Newtonian parameters; the Newtonian and relativistic cosmologies are presented. The following three chapters contain detailed discussion of general relativity with different geometries introducing their effect. The last chapter presents two practical projects: the satellite gyroscope to measure the gravitational interactions spin-orbit and spin-spin, and a gravitational wave detector. The author provides a rigorous theoretical treatment, at a level suitable for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students.

'... clearly stated ... Philippe Tourrenc gives a wide-ranging introduction to special and general relativity. With discussions of applications, general theories and experimental tests, a very broad view is presented ... a sound mathematical underpinning ... the book provides a route to general relativity.' Warren Perkins, Nature

Special Relativity
Kinematics of a point mass
Changes of reference system
Dynamics of a particle
Mathematical framework
The dynamics of continuous media
General coordinate systems
Relativistic Gravitation
Newtonian gravitation
Metric theories of gravity
Tests of metric theories in the Solar System
Newtonian cosmology
Relativistic cosmology
General relativity
Applications of Einstein's equations
General relativity in the weak field approximation
Two experimental projects: a satellite gyroscope and a gravitational wave detector
Lagrange's equations
Geometric framework of general relativity
Useful numerical values
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ISBN: 9780521456852
ISBN-10: 0521456851
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 7th April 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 17.4  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.58