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A College Course on Relativity and Cosmology

Ta-Pei Cheng

18 June 2015

ISBN: 9780199693412

304 pages
Paperback
246x189mm

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Price: £34.49

Einstein's general theory of relativity is introduced in this advanced undergraduate textbook. Topics covered include geometric formulation of special relativity, the principle of equivalence, Einstein's field equation and its spherical-symmetric solution, as well as cosmology.

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Einstein's general theory of relativity is introduced in this advanced undergraduate textbook. Topics covered include geometric formulation of special relativity, the principle of equivalence, Einstein's field equation and its spherical-symmetric solution, as well as cosmology.

  • Solutions manual available on request from the OUP website
  • Written specifically for an undergraduate audience.
  • In contrast to the traditional pedagogy the authors use a "physics-first" approach to the subject - introducing difficult mathematics gradually so that students get to study the interesting physical and astronomical applications at an early stage.
  • Extensive treatment of cosmology and detailed discussion of special relativity.
  • Review questions and exercises throughout the text give students the opportunity to test their learning.

About the Author(s)

Ta-Pei Cheng, Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri - St. Louis

Ta-Pei Cheng is a particle physics theorist. After graduating from Dartmouth College, he obtained his PhD at Rockefeller University with the noted physicist and Einstein biographer Abraham Pais. During 1973-2007 he was on the faculty at University of Missouri - St. Louis, where he now holds the rank of Professor Emeritus. Starting the early 1980's Oxford University Press has published a number of his books, the most recent one being "Einstein's Physics: Atoms, Quanta, and Relativity - Derived, Explained, and Appraised".

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Table of Contents

    1:Introduction
    2:Special relativity: the new kinematics
    3:Special relativity: the flat spacetime
    4:Equivalence of gravitation and inertia
    5:GR as a geometric theory of gravity
    6:GR field equations and its spherical solution
    7:Black holes
    8:The GR framework for cosmology
    9:Big bang thermal relics
    10:Inflation and the accelerating universe
    11:Tensors formalism for GR
    Appendix A: Answer keys to review questions
    Appendix B: Solution keys to selected exercises
    Appendix C: Glossary of symbols and acronyms
    References and bibliography

Reviews

"The writing is authoritative and lucid, and the author follows a solid development of the special and general theories of relativity before introducing contemporary cosmology. The presentation is streamlined in terms of selection of topics, but this allows a comprehensive discussion of the subject matter. ... Recommended." - J. R. Burciaga, CHOICE

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