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Introduction 1: From absolute space and time to influenceable spacetime: an overview Part I: Special Relativity 2: Foundations of special relativity; the Lorentz transformation 3: Relativistic kinematics 4: Relativistic optics 5: Spacetime and four-vectors 6: Relativistic particle mechanics 7: Four-tensors; electromagnetism in vacuum Part II: General Relativity 8: Curved spaces and the basic ideas of general relativity 9: Static and stationary spacetimes 10: Geodesics, curvature tensor, and vacuum field equations 11: The Schwarzschild metric 12: Black holes and Kruskal space 13: An exact plane gravitational wave 14: The full field equations; de Sitter space 15: Linearized general relativity Part III: Cosmology 16: Cosmological spacetimes 17: Light propagation in FRW universes 18: Dynamics of FRW universes

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Professor Wolfgang Rindler Department of Physics The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX 75083-0688 USA


`Rindler's writing is elegant, yet compact and logically precise. ... this book should be on the shelf of all who are intrigued by the startling modern advances in our understanding of space and time. ' American Journal of Physics `An outstanding introductory treatise by one of the masters of the subject, this book belongs to the shelves of every physics library. ' Foundations of Physics `... a self-contained and balanced work. Every sentence hits home, and no word is superfluous. Each chapter ends with a set of well-chosen and instructive exercises. ... it exposes the reader to the physics with inspiring and occasionally surprising arguments. ... a totally successful textbook and a must for all who study special and general relativity.' Physik Journal `... a first-class presentation of the intellectual glory of the first century of relativity.' Times Higher Education Supplement

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