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Spacetime, Geometry and Gravitation

Sharan, Pankaj

Jointly published with Hindustan Book Agency, India

2009, XIV, 355 p.

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  • Features a physically intuitive, but mathematically rigorous writing style
  • Enables an early introduction to geometric quantities, which allows students to learn simpler topics in general relativity
  • Approved in lectures given by the author for several years
This is an introductory book on the general theory of relativity based partly on lectures given to students of M.Sc. Physics at my university. The book is divided into three parts. The ?rst part is a preliminary course on general relativity with minimum preparation. The second part builds the ma- ematical background and the third part deals with topics where mathematics developed in the second part is needed. The ?rst chapter gives a general background and introduction. This is f- lowed by an introduction to curvature through Gauss’ Theorema Egregium. This theorem expresses the curvature of a two-dimensional surface in terms of intrinsic quantitiesrelatedtothein?nitesimaldistancefunctiononthesurface.Thestudent isintroducedtothemetrictensor,Christo?elsymbolsandRiemanncurvaturet- sor by elementary methods in the familiar and visualizable case of two dimensions. This early introduction to geometric quantities equips a student to learn simpler topics in general relativity like the Newtonian limit, red shift, the Schwarzschild solution, precession of the perihelion and bending of light in a gravitational ?eld. Part II (chapters 5 to 10) is an introduction to Riemannian geometry as - quired by general relativity. This is done from the beginning, starting with vectors and tensors. I believe that students of physics grasp physical concepts better if they are not shaky about the mathematics involved.

Content Level » Graduate

Keywords » Christoffel symbol - Friedman equation - Gravity - Kerr solution - Relativity - Riemannian geometry - Schwarzschild solution - Theorema Egregium - general relativity - general theory of relativity - gravitation - gravitational wave - spacetime - weak gravitational field

Related subjects » Birkhäuser Mathematics - Birkhäuser Physics

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Distribution rights for India: Hindustan Book Agency, New Delhi, India

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