An Introduction to General Relativity and Cosmology
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- Jerzy Plebanski, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico
- Andrzej Krasinski, Polish Academy of Sciences
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General relativity is a cornerstone of modern physics, and is of major importance in its applications to cosmology. Plebanski and Krasinski are experts in the field and provide a thorough introduction to general relativity, guiding the reader through complete derivations of the most important results. Providing coverage from a unique viewpoint, geometrical, physical and astrophysical properties of inhomogeneous cosmological models are all systematically and clearly presented, allowing the reader to follow and verify all derivations. Many topics are included that are not found in other textbooks.Read more
- A self-contained account of cosmology in general geometry
- Contains exercises, with hints but no solutions
- No other textbook published previously had devoted so much attention to cosmology described by exact methods of relativity
- The first ever presentation in textbook form of significant papers written in the 70s and 80s
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...an excellent high-level textbook that includes a number of topics that are not to be readily found elsewhere. I recommend it very highly for students who have studied General Relativity already... and who would like to gain a deeper mathematical insight into the subject.
Alan Heavens, The ObservatorySee more reviews
"... A fairly comprehensive treatise in the field of relativity and cosmology. It covers topics seldom or never seen in textbooks of this kind and is therefore valuable for researchers."
Sigbjorn Hervik, Mathematical Reviews
"... an impressive and coherent account of many aspects of contemporary General Relativity theory."
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- Date Published: September 2006
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Table of Contents
1. How the theory of relativity came into being (a brief historical sketch)
Part I. Elements of Differential Geometry:
2. A short sketch of two-dimensional differential geometries
3. Tensors, tensor densities
4. Covariant derivatives
5. Parallel transport and geodesic lines
6. Curvature of a manifold: flat manifolds
7. Riemannian geometry
8. Symmetries of Rieman spaces, invariance of tensors
9. Methods to calculate the curvature quickly - Cartan forms and algebraic computer programs
10. The spatially homogeneous Bianchi-type spacetimes
11. The Petrov classification by the spinor method
Part II. The Gravitation Theory:
12. The Einstein equations and the sources of a gravitational field
13. The Maxwell and Einstein-Maxwell equations and the Kaluza-Klein theory
14. Spherically symmetric gravitational field of isolated objects
15. Relativistic hydrodynamics and thermodynamics
16. Relativistic cosmology I: general geometry
17. Relativistic cosmology II: the Robertson-Walker geometry
18. Relativistic cosmology III: the Lemaître-Tolman geometry
19. Relativistic cosmology IV: generalisations of L-T and related geometries
20. The Kerr solution
21. Subjects omitted in this book
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