A Relativist's Toolkit: The Mathematics of Black-hole Mechanics

A Relativist's Toolkit: The Mathematics of Black-hole Mechanics

By: Eric Poisson (author)Paperback

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This 2004 textbook fills a gap in the literature on general relativity by providing the advanced student with practical tools for the computation of many physically interesting quantities. The context is provided by the mathematical theory of black holes, one of the most elegant, successful, and relevant applications of general relativity. Among the topics discussed are congruencies of timelike and null geodesics, the embedding of spacelike, timelike and null hypersurfaces in spacetime, and the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of general relativity. Although the book is self-contained, it is not meant to serve as an introduction to general relativity. Instead, it is meant to help the reader acquire advanced skills and become a competent researcher in relativity and gravitational physics. The primary readership consists of graduate students in gravitational physics. It will also be a useful reference for more seasoned researchers working in this field.

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Eric Poisson is Professor of Physics at the University of Guelph.

Contents

Preface; Notation and conventions; 1. Fundamentals; 2. Geodesic congruences; 3. Hypersurfaces; 4. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulation of general relativity; 5. Black holes; References; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 05/11/2007
  • ISBN13: 9780521537803
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 252
  • ID: 9780521537803
  • weight: 410
  • ISBN10: 0521537800

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