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Springer Handbook of Spacetime

Editors: Ashtekar, Abhay, Petkov, Vesselin (Eds.)

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  • Brings together all the major, and sometimes competing ideas and their implications
  • Addresses the physics, mathematics and experimental evidence relevant to the various proposals
  • Presents the background to current attempts to create a theory of quantum gravity
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The Springer Handbook of Spacetime is dedicated to the ground-breaking paradigm shifts embodied in the two relativity theories, and describes in detail the profound reshaping of physical sciences they ushered in. It includes in a single volume chapters on foundations, on the underlying mathematics, on physical and astrophysical implications, experimental evidence and cosmological predictions, as well as chapters on efforts to unify general relativity and quantum physics. The Handbook can be used as a desk reference by researchers in a wide variety of fields, not only by specialists in relativity but also by researchers in related areas that either grew out of, or are deeply influenced by, the two relativity theories: cosmology, astronomy and astrophysics, high energy physics, quantum field theory, mathematics, and philosophy of science. It should also serve as a valuable resource for graduate students and young researchers entering these areas, and for instructors who teach courses on these subjects.

The Handbook is divided into six parts. Part A: Introduction to Spacetime Structure. Part B: Foundational Issues. Part C: Spacetime Structure and Mathematics. Part D: Confronting Relativity theories with observations. Part E: General relativity and the universe. Part F: Spacetime beyond Einstein.

About the authors

Abhay Ashtekar is Eberly Professor of Physics and Director of the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos at The Pennsylvania State University. He is one of the founders of Loop Quantum Gravity and its subfield Loop Quantum Cosmology. He is author or co-author of several books on relativity and cosmology, and an editor-in-chief of the Springer journal “General Relativity and Gravitation”.

Vesselin Petkov received a graduate degree in physics from Sofia University, a doctorate in philosophy from the Institute for Philosophical Research of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, and a doctorate in physics from Concordia University in Montreal. Vesselin Petkov is one of the founding members of the Institute for Foundational Studies "Hermann Minkowski".

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“This is a complete comprehensive textbook of all areas of classical and relativistic Physics including mechanics, E & M, quantum theory, perturbation, solid state, and particle physics. … It is good enough to be read cover to cover and will not disappoint the reader reviewer. I highly recommend this book for physics students, and investigators in physics theories.” (Joseph J. Grenier, Amazon.com, January, 2016)

“This is a splendid and very comprehensive review of the special and general theories of relativity and their applications, in a collection of about 40 articles by experts in the field. … the book will appeal to a wide variety of readers, from advanced undergraduates to experts in the field. … I doubt that there is any physicist who would not find something new and interesting here.” (Alan Heavens, The Observatory, Vol. 135 (1245), April, 2015)


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Table of contents (39 chapters)

  • From Æther Theory to Special Relativity

    Ferraro, Rafael

    Pages 3-25

  • The Historical Origins of Spacetime

    Walter, Scott

    Pages 27-38

  • Relativity Today

    Woodhouse, Nick M. J.

    Pages 39-60

  • Acceleration and Gravity: Einstein’s Principle of Equivalence

    Ryder, Lewis

    Pages 61-70

  • The Geometry of Newton’s and Einstein’s Theories

    Hall, Graham S.

    Pages 71-89

Buy this book

eBook $229.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-642-41992-8
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $299.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-41991-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Online orders shipping within 2-3 days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Springer Handbook of Spacetime
Editors
  • Abhay Ashtekar
  • Vesselin Petkov
Series Title
Springer Handbooks
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights for India: Researchco Book Centre, New Delhi, India
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-41992-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-41992-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-41991-1
Series ISSN
2522-8692
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
L, 950
Number of Illustrations and Tables
130 b/w illustrations
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