General relativity
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General relativity
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 General relativity
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 N.M.J. Woodhouse
 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 pseudoRiemannian 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 phaseplane 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 LensThirring precession  and some introductory cosmology, to tempt the reader to further study. While primarily designed as an introduction for finalyear undergraduates and firstyear postgraduates in mathematics, the book is also accessible to physicists who would like to see a more mathematical approach to the ideas
 Cataloging source
 GW5XE
 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

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 Series statement
 Springer undergraduate mathematics series,
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