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Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

Essential Relativity

Special, General, and Cosmological

Authors: Rindler, W.

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In retrospect, the first edition of this book now seems like a mere sketch for a book. The present version is, if not the final product, at least a closer approximation to it. The table of contents may show little change. But that is simply because the original organization of the material has been found satisfactory. Also the basic purpose of the book remains the same, and that is to make relativity come alive conceptually. I have always felt much sym­ pathy with Richard Courant's maxim (as reported and exemplified by Pascual Jordan) that, ideally, proofs should be reached by comprehension rather than computation. Where computations are necessary, I have tried to make them as transparent as possible, so as not to hinder the progress of comprehension. Among the more obvious changes, this edition contains a new section on Kruskal space, another on the plane gravitational wave, and a third on linearized general relativity; it also contains many new exercises, and two appendices: one listing the curvature components for the diagonal metric (in a little more generality than the old" Dingle formulas "), and one syn­ thesizing Maxwell's theory in tensor form. But the most significant changes and additions have occurred throughout the text. Many sections have been completely rewritten, many arguments tightened, many "asides" added, and, of course, recent developments taken into account.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Essential Relativity
Book Subtitle
Special, General, and Cosmological
Authors
Series Title
Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
Copyright
1977
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Wolfgang Rindler
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-86650-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-86650-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-07970-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-540-10090-4
Series ISSN
1864-5879
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XV, 286
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