Suitable for a one-semester course in general relativity for senior undergraduates or beginning graduate students, this text clarifies the mathematical aspects of Einstein's theory of relativity without sacrificing physical understanding.
J.D. Nightingale is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the State University of New York, College at New Paltz. J. Foster is recently retired Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Sussex. Both have extensive teaching experience in applied mathematics and theoretical physics. Prof. Nightingale's research interests tend towards the physical and cosmological consequences of general relativity, while Prof. Foster's tend towards the more mathematical aspects, such as exact solutions.
Introduction 1 Vector and tensor fields.- 2 The spacetime of general relativity and paths of particles.- 3 Field equations and curvature.- 4 Physics in the vicinity of a massive object.- 5 Gravitational radiation.- 6 Elements of cosmology Appendices A Special relativity review.- B The Chinese connection.- C Tensors and Manifolds.- Solutions.- References.- Index
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3rd ed. 2006
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