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512 Pages | 240

9.7 x 7.4 inches

ISBN: 9780198862031

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Introducing Einstein's Relativity

A Deeper Understanding

Second Edition

Ray d'Inverno and James Vickers

  • Breaks down a complicated subject into simple logical steps for bite-sized, accessible learning
  • Supports visual-based learning and contains over 250 diagrams
  • Text is reinforced by exercises that give the reader confidence and develop understanding

New to this Edition:

  • Extended the chapter on the structure of the field equations These go into more detail about the passage from the geometrical formulation of Einstein's equations to a description in terms of evolution equations. This is needed in attacking outstanding theoretical problems such as `cosmic censorship' as well as constructing stable numerical relativity codes to simulate events such as colliding black holes.
  • Considerable extended the chapter on gravitational waves to include a description of both the sources and detection of gravitational waves. We now have about the structure of the universe. For example, we now know considerably more about gravitational waves from the direct measurements by the LIGO gravitational wave observatories of radiation from colliding black holes, as well as the indirect measurements of gravitational radiation coming from the orbits of binary pulsars.
  • New chapter on modern cosmology. We also have much more accurate information about the expansion of the universe and the cosmic microwave background. These developments have resulted in a new chapter describing the modern approach to cosmology in which one uses experimental evidence to determine the cosmological parameters of our universe
  • New chapter on the 3+1 and 2+2 formalisms