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Relativity Made Relatively Easy Pack, Volumes 1 and 2 (Paperback)

Volume 1: Relativity Made Relatively Easy, Volume 2: General Relativity and Cosmology

Andrew Steane

November 2021

ISBN: 9780192856791

960 pages
Paperback
Packmm

Price: £55.00

This two-volume book is a comprehensive, detailed account of the physics of relativity. While Vol. 1 is an introductory guide to the basics of relativity, Vol. 2 aims to give a working understanding of astronomy and gravitational waves, as well as outlining the key concepts in cosmology and classical field theory.

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This two-volume book is a comprehensive, detailed account of the physics of relativity. While Vol. 1 is an introductory guide to the basics of relativity, Vol. 2 aims to give a working understanding of astronomy and gravitational waves, as well as outlining the key concepts in cosmology and classical field theory.

  • Two-volume pack offering a thorough treatment suitable for any undergraduate course on relativity, including chapters on gravitational waves and dark holes
  • Provides clear explanations designed to work for self-study
  • Features a large number of processes and results derived in full
  • Includes plenty of diagrams, end of chapter exercises, and tutorial inserts to aid comprehension
  • Includes profound insights into many wonderful physical phenomena

About the Author(s)

Andrew Steane, Professor of Physics, Department of Physics, University of Oxford

Andrew Steane is a Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford. He has conducted experimental and theoretical research into the foundations of physics and has performed pioneering quantum experiments with ultra-cold atomic clouds, as well as establishing the ion trap quantum computing program at Oxford. Professor Steane discovered quantum error correction and the CSS (Calderbank Shor Steane) codes and he is a recipient of the Maxwell Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics, and the Trotter Prize of Texas A&M University. He regularly lectures on relativity and other areas of physics and has published two undergraduate physics textbooks and two books on science and religion with Oxford University Press.

Table of Contents

    Volume 1
    Part I: The Relativistic World
    1:Basic ideas
    2:The Lorentz transformation
    3:Moving light sources
    4:Dynamics
    5:The conservation of energy-momentum
    6:Further kinematics
    7:Relativity and electromagnetism
    8:Electromagnetic radiation
    Part II: An Introduction to General Relativity
    9:The Principle of equivalence
    10:Warped spacetime
    11:Physics from the metric
    Part III: Further Special Relativity
    12:Tensors and index notation
    13:Rediscovering electromagnetism
    14:Lagrangian mechanics
    15:Angular momentum
    16:Energy density
    17:What is spacetime?
    Volume 2: General Relativity and Cosmology
    1:Preface
    2:Terminology and notation
    3:The elements of general relativity
    4:An introductory example: the uniform static field
    5:Life in a rotating world
    6:Linearized general relativity
    7:Slow stationary sources
    8:Gravitational waves
    9:Manifolds
    10:Vectors on manifolds
    11:The affine connection
    12:Further useful ideas
    13:Tensors
    14:Parallel transport and geodesics
    15:Physics in curved spacetime
    16:Curvature
    17:The Einstein field equation
    18:Schwarzschild-Droste solution
    19:Further spherically symmetric solutions
    20:Rotating bodies; the Kerr metric
    21:Black holes
    22:Black hole thermodynamics
    23:Cosmology
    24:Cosmological dynamics
    25:The growth of structure
    26:Observational cosmology
    27:The very early universe
    28:First steps in classical field theory
    29:Lagrangian mechanics for fields
    30:Conclusion

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