UNITEXT for Physics

Theory of Gravitational Interactions

Authors: Gasperini, Maurizio

  • Includes all the information on gravitational interactions that any Physics graduate should possess
  • Written in the informal and self-contained style of class lectures
  • All computations are explicitly carried out in the main text
  • Covers topics of crucial importance to modern theories of fundamental interactions that are absent from most textbooks on classical general relativity
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About this Textbook

This is the second edition of a well-received book that is a modern, self-contained introduction to the theory of gravitational interactions. The new edition includes more details on gravitational waves of cosmological origin, the so-called brane world scenario, and gravitational time-delay effects.The first part of the book follows the traditional presentation of general relativity as a geometric theory of the macroscopic gravitational field, while the second, more advanced part discusses the deep analogies (and differences) between a geometric theory of gravity and the gauge theories of the other fundamental interactions. This fills a gap within the traditional approach to general relativity which usually leaves students puzzled about the role of gravity. The required notions of differential geometry are reduced to the minimum, allowing room for aspects of gravitational physics of current phenomenological and theoretical interest, such as the properties of gravitational waves, the gravitational interactions of spinors, and the supersymmetric and higher-dimensional generalization of the Einstein equations. This textbook is primarily intended for students pursuing a theoretical or astroparticle curriculum but is also relevant for PhD  students and young researchers. 

About the authors

Maurizio Gasperini is Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Physics Department of the University of Bari, Italy. He has already published six books with Springer and is the author of more than 200 publications on gravitational theory, high-energy physics, and cosmology. He has twice won an "Award for Essays on Gravitation" from the Gravity Research Foundation (1996 and 1998). His former posts include a permanent position in the Department of Theoretical Physics at the University of Turin and three appointments as Scientific Associate at CERN, Theory Division (1993, 1996, and 2005). Here, in collaboration with Gabriele Veneziano, he formulated and developed an early-cosmology scenario based on the symmetries of string theory.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Elementary Notions of Relativistic Field Theory

    Gasperini, Maurizio

    Pages 1-27

  • Towards a Relativistic Theory of Gravity

    Gasperini, Maurizio

    Pages 29-40

  • Tensor Calculus in a Riemann Manifold

    Gasperini, Maurizio

    Pages 41-68

  • Maxwell Equations and Riemann Geometry

    Gasperini, Maurizio

    Pages 69-79

  • Test Bodies and Signals in a Riemann Space–Time

    Gasperini, Maurizio

    Pages 81-94

Buy this book

eBook $54.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-49682-5
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $69.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-49681-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Theory of Gravitational Interactions
Authors
Series Title
UNITEXT for Physics
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-49682-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-49682-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-49681-8
Series ISSN
2198-7882
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XVII, 373
Number of Illustrations and Tables
14 b/w illustrations
Topics