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General relativity, N.M.J. Woodhouse

Label
General relativity
Title
General relativity
Statement of responsibility
N.M.J. Woodhouse
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Based on a course given at Oxford over many years, this book is a short and concise exposition of the central ideas of general relativity. Although the original audience was made up of mathematics students, the focus is on the chain of reasoning that leads to the relativistic theory from the analysis of distance and time measurements in the presence of gravity, rather than on the underlying mathematical structure. The geometric ideas - which are central to the understanding of the nature of gravity - are introduced in parallel with the development of the theory, the emphasis being on laying bare how one is led to pseudo-Riemannian geometry through a natural process of reconciliation of special relativity with the equivalence principle. At centre stage are the "local inertial coordinates" set up by an observer in free fall, in which special relativity is valid over short times and distances. In more practical terms, the book is a sequel to the author's Special Relativity in the same series, with some overlap in the treatment of tensors. The basic theory is presented using techniques, such as phase-plane analysis, that will already be familiar to mathematics undergraduates, and numerous problems, of varying levels of difficulty, are provided to test understanding. The latter chapters include the theoretical background to contemporary observational tests - in particular the detection of gravitational waves and the verification of the Lens-Thirring precession - and some introductory cosmology, to tempt the reader to further study. While primarily designed as an introduction for final-year undergraduates and first-year postgraduates in mathematics, the book is also accessible to physicists who would like to see a more mathematical approach to the ideas
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Cataloging source
GW5XE
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1949-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Woodhouse, N. M. J.
Dewey number
530.11
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
QC173.6
LC item number
.W66 2007eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Springer undergraduate mathematics series,
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • General relativity (Physics)
  • General relativity (Physics)
  • General relativity (Physics)
Label
General relativity, N.M.J. Woodhouse
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-216) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Newtonian gravity -- Inertial coordinates and tensors -- Energy-momentum tensors -- Curved space-time -- Tensor calculus -- Einstein's equation -- Spherical symmetry -- Orbits in the Schwarzschild space-time -- Black holes -- Rotating bodies -- Gravitational waves -- Redshift and horizons
Control code
209950396
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 219 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781846284861
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.1007/978-1-84628-487-8
Other physical details
illustrations.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
978-1-84628-486-1
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)209950396
Label
General relativity, N.M.J. Woodhouse
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-216) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Newtonian gravity -- Inertial coordinates and tensors -- Energy-momentum tensors -- Curved space-time -- Tensor calculus -- Einstein's equation -- Spherical symmetry -- Orbits in the Schwarzschild space-time -- Black holes -- Rotating bodies -- Gravitational waves -- Redshift and horizons
Control code
209950396
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 219 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781846284861
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.1007/978-1-84628-487-8
Other physical details
illustrations.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
978-1-84628-486-1
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)209950396

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