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A Short Course in General Relativity

Authors: Foster, James, Nightingale, J. David

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Suitable as a one-semester course in general relativity for senior undergraduate or beginning graduate students, this text clarifies the mathematical aspects of Einstein's general theory of relativity without sacrificing physical understanding. The text begins with an exposition of those aspects of tensor calculus and differential geometry needed for a proper exposition of the subject. The discussion then turns to the spacetime of general relativity and to geodesic motion, comparisons and contrasts with Newton's theory being drawn where appropriate. A brief consideration of the field equations is followed by a discussion of physics in the vicinity of massive objects, including an elementary treatment of black holes. Particular attention is paid to those aspects of the theory that have observational consequences. The book concludes with brief introductory chapters on gravitational radiation and cosmology, and includes an appendix that reviews the special theory of relativity. In preparing this new edition, the authors have made extensive revisions to the original text. In particular, the first three chapters -- covering coordinate systems, tensors and the geometry of curved spaces -- have been completely rewritten to make the material readily accessible to physics students. Many examples, exercises and problems help guide the student through the theory.

Reviews

From the reviews of the third edition:

"This is the third edition of a book that is already familiar to those who teach an introductory course in general relativity. … Important concepts are introduced slowly and carefully, so that the resulting text is a comprehensible first introduction that is suitable for both physics and mathematics students. … its strength is that it is a short introduction to the subject that still covers all the essential material for a first course and provides a sound basis for further study." (J. B. Griffiths, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2006 h)

"This book is a well-developed introduction to General Relativity. … the present third edition is really re-worked in many places in comparison with the previous ones. … Three appendices are quite helpful … . Solutions to the exercises, References and Index close this very readable book. … Every chapter ends with a list of problems … ." (Hans-Jürgen Schmidt, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1089 (15), 2006)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Foster, James (et al.)

    Pages 1-6

  • Vector and tensor fields

    Foster, James (et al.)

    Pages 7-54

  • The spacetime of general relativity and paths of particles

    Foster, James (et al.)

    Pages 55-98

  • Field equations and curvature

    Foster, James (et al.)

    Pages 99-123

  • Physics in the vicinity of a massive object

    Foster, James (et al.)

    Pages 124-160

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  • ISBN 978-1-4757-3841-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Short Course in General Relativity
Authors
Copyright
1995
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4757-3841-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4757-3841-4
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
IX, 250
Additional Information
Originally published by Longmans, 1979
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