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Introducing Einstein's Relativity


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1: Overview: The Organization of the Book PART A: Special Relativity 2: The K-Calculus 3: The Key Attributes of Special Relativity 4: The Elements of Relativistic Mechanics PART B: The Formalism of Tensors 5: Tensor Algebra 6: Tensor Calculus 7: Integration, Variation, and Symmetry PART C: General Relativity 8: Special Relativity Revisited 9: The Principles of General Relativity 10: The Field Equations of General Relativity 11: General Relativity from a Variation Principle 12: The Energy-Momentum Tensor 13: The Structure of the Field Equations 14: The Schwarzschild Solution 15: Experimental Tests of General Relativity PART D: Black Holes 16: Non-Rotating Black Holes 17: Maximal Extension and Conformal Compactification 18: Charged Black Holes 19: Rotating Black Holes PART E: Gravitational Waves 20: Plane Gravitational Waves 21: Radiation from an Isolated Source PART F: Cosmology 22: Relativistic Cosmology 23: Cosmological Models


`Ray d'Inverno's Introducing Einstein's Relativity seems to have done a wonderful job of taming what many undergraduates consider a ferocious course. The book has a large, reader-friendly format, with a lot of illustrations. Important equations are highlighted in boxes and the reader does not have to wade through an undifferentiated mass of tensor calculus.' New Scientist 'The visually stunning dust jacket cloaks exceptionally well-presented text and figures, making reading irresistible. This is a fine book which I have added to the recommended bibliography for my courses; colleagues at other universities are advised not to overlook it.' Times Higher Education Supplement 'This book is designed to explain the theory in terms which many students will find easier to digest.' Aslib Book Guide, Vol. 58, No. 1, January 1993 'a highly accessible undergraduate text book packaged in a reader-friendly style ... a comprehensive and accessible book' Felicity Mellor, The Observatory, Vol. 113, No. 1114 'a very readable and well illustrated treatment of general relativity, gravitational waves, black holes and cosmology' Australian & New Zealand Physicist, Volume 30, Number 3, March 1993 'The great experience of teaching Relativity is reflected by an excellent presentation of the material in the book ... It is a highly recommended introduction to the mathematical foundations as well as physical ideas underlying Einstein's Relativity. The text is concise and clear but nevertheless of a high level. The author has succeeded in writing a beautiful self-contained text ... very useful for students and graduates who want to become familiar with Einstein's theory of Relativity ... it can be unreservedly recommended as a good tool for preparing examinations in relativity. In all respects it is a pleasure to read this distinguished textbook.' D. Kramer, Class. Quantum Grav. 11 (1994) 'an intuitive and motivating presentation with mathematical precision where the latter is needed ... Extremely helpful are more than 200 figures, illustrating subjects which in many cases are difficult to imagine ... this book is one of the best pedagogical approaches to introduce general relativity and to present a connection to more advanced topics in this field. Hence it is highly recommendable for every student or teacher interested in this subject.' Bernd Wegner, Mathematics Abstracts, 774/93

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