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The Scalar-Tensor Theory of Gravitation

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  • Date Published: January 2005
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  • isbn: 9780511029882

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  • The scalar-tensor theory of gravitation moved into the limelight in recent years due to developments in string theory, M-theory and "brane world" constructions. This book introduces the subject at a level suitable for both graduate students and researchers. It explores scalar fields, placing them in context with a discussion of Brans-Dicke theory, covering the cosmological constant problem, higher dimensional space-time, branes and conformal transformations.

    • The scalar-tensor theory is one of the most popular alternative theories of gravitation
    • Covers developments in the field and emphasizes the physical applications of the theory
    • Pedagogical: explains the physical principles and consequences while keeping the mathematics at a simple level
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    "...a pleasant book, easy to read, and for this reviewer it is pedagogical enough to be considered also as a very useful textbook for graduate courses in cosmology, gravitation and relativity." Mathematical Reviews

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    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511029882
    • contains: 30 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Conventions and notation
    1. Introduction
    2. The prototype Brans-Dicke model
    3. Conformal transformation
    4. Cosmology with Λ
    5. Models of an accelerating universe
    6. Quantum effects

  • Authors

    Yasunori Fujii, Nihon University, Tokyo
    Yasunori Fujii received his PhD on the analogy between the strong interaction and the electromagnetic interaction, from Nagoya University in 1959. Between 1963 and 1992 he did research on the theory of particle physics and gravity, including pioneering work on the idea of non-Newtonian gravity, at the Institute of Physics, University of Tokyo. During this period, he also spent two years at Stanford University, California and a year at Purdue University, Indiana. He is currently emeritus professor at the University of Tokyo-Komaba and continues to pursue his research interests at the Nihon Fukushi University.

    Kei-ichi Maeda, Waseda University, Japan
    Kai-Ichi Maeda received his PhD from Kyoto University in 1980. He and his contemporaries created a new research group in Kyoto, which was at the root of numerical relativity research in Japan. In 1983 he became a postdoctoral student at SISSA, Trieste working under Dennis Sciama. He moved to the Meudon Observatory in Paris in 1987 and worked on black hole solutions in string theory. In 1989 Professor Maeda became affiliated with the Department of Physics at Waseda University, Japan. Since 1998, he has been the associate editor of the Journal of General Relativity and Gravitation, and also the vice-chief editor of the Journal of the Physical Society of Japan since 2001.

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