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General Relativity

A Concise Introduction

Steven Carlip

January 2019

ISBN: 9780198822165

154 pages
Paperback
246x171mm

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Price: £20.99

This is a short textbook on general relativity and gravitation aimed at readers with a broad range of interests in physics, from cosmology to high energy physics to condensed matter. The approach is "physics first": readers move quickly to the calculation of observational predictions and only then return to mathematical foundations.

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This is a short textbook on general relativity and gravitation aimed at readers with a broad range of interests in physics, from cosmology to high energy physics to condensed matter. The approach is "physics first": readers move quickly to the calculation of observational predictions and only then return to mathematical foundations.

  • Concise introduction to relativity
  • "Physics first" pedagogy
  • Offers students glimpses of the vast landscape of science connected to general relativity
  • Incorporates latest research in gravitational theory
  • Final chapter on open topics in the field for further study
  • Interspersed brief discussions of "advanced" topics serve as teasers to encourage readers to think more deeply and look further

About the Author(s)

Steven Carlip, Department of Physics, University of California at Davis

Steven Carlip received an undergraduate degree in physics from Harvard in 1975. After seven years as a printer, editor, factory worker, and activist, he returned to graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1987. Following a stint as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, he joined the faculty of the University of California at Davis, where he has remained since. His main research focus is quantum gravity, but he has also worked on classical general relativity, quantum field theory, and the interface between physics and topology.

Table of Contents

    1:Gravity as geometry
    2:Geodesics
    3:Geodesics in the Solar System
    4:Manifolds and tensors
    5:Derivatives and curvature
    6:The Einstein field equations
    7:The stress-energy tensor
    8:The weak field approximation
    9:Gravitational waves
    10:Black holes
    11:Cosmology
    12:Next steps
    Appendix A:Mathematical details

Reviews

"This is a really remarkable book. It has only 150 pages, but it introduces Einstein's general theory of relativity on firm grounds with carefully chosen explanations. It covers both the differential geometric part and the physics part in a well-balanced matter...This is an introductory text, but it has also been written as a jumping off point for readers who plan to study more specialized topics." - Hans-Jürgen Schmidt, zbMATH

"Steven Carlip has produced a modern, concise, and pedagogical introduction to general relativity. This is the way the theory should be presented in our time. From students to experienced researchers, it is essential reading for everyone interested in this fascinating field." - Claus Kiefer, University of Cologne

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