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This compact guide presents the key features of general relativity, to support and supplement the presentation in mainstream, more comprehensive undergraduate textbooks, or as a re-cap of essentials for graduate students pursuing more advanced studies. It helps students plot a careful path to understanding the core ideas and basics of differential geometry, as applied to general relativity, without overwhelming them. While the guide doesn't shy away from necessary technicalities, it emphasises the essential simplicity of the main physical arguments. Presuming a familiarity with special relativity (with a brief account in an appendix), it describes how general covariance and the equivalence principle motivate Einstein's theory of gravitation. It then introduces differential geometry and the covariant derivative as the mathematical technology which allows us to understand Einstein's equations of general relativity. The book is supported by numerous worked exampled and problems, and important applications of general relativity are described in an appendix.Read more
- The essential simplicity of the main physical arguments are clearly distinguished from the mathematical technicalities
- Ideally used as a supplementary text, either to navigate through a larger textbook, or to provide a complementary approach
- The book's presentation is complementary to any general relativity textbook
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'The strength of Gray’s book lies in his concern to provide friendly, pedagogical explanations for many tricky features of the theory, starting from a basic level, and his informal style will be welcomed by the less confident reader.' Peter J. Bussey, Contemporary Physics
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- Date Published: February 2019
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781316634790
- length: 162 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 152 x 9 mm
- weight: 0.28kg
- contains: 29 b/w illus. 1 table
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
2. Vectors, tensors and functions
3. Manifolds, vectors and differentiation
4. Energy, momentum and Einstein's equations
Appendix A. Special relativity – a brief introduction
Appendix B. Solutions to Einstein's equations
Appendix C. Notation
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