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A Relativist's Toolkit

A Relativist's Toolkit
The Mathematics of Black-Hole Mechanics

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  • Date Published: June 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521830911

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  • This textbook fills a gap in the existing literature on general relativity by providing the advanced student with practical tools for the computation of many physically interesting quantities. The context is provided by the mathematical theory of black holes, one of the most successful and relevant applications of general relativity. Topics covered include congruences of timelike and null geodesics, the embedding of spacelike, timelike and null hypersurfaces in spacetime, and the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of general relativity.

    • Short, concise and to the point
    • Focuses on practical methods of computation in general relativity
    • Provides advanced skills for those beginning research in this field
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    "This book amply fulfills its promise: its coverage is sufficiently complete to enable a dedicated reader to undertake sophisticated calculations with confidence and it even provides a reference to a handy computer package for tensor manipulations... an elegant, thoughtful, useful and altogether commendable timely publication." Contemporary Physics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521830911
    • length: 250 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 181 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 39 b/w illus. 3 tables 46 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Notation and conventions
    1. Fundamentals
    2. Geodesic congruences
    3. Hypersurfaces
    4. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulation of general relativity
    5. Black holes

  • Author

    Eric Poisson, University of Guelph, Ontario
    Eric Poisson is Professor of Physics at the University of Guelph.

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