Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

Exact Space-Times in Einstein's General Relativity


Part of Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics

  • Date Published: August 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107406186

£ 62.99

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Einstein's theory of general relativity is a theory of gravity and, as in the earlier Newtonian theory, much can be learnt about the character of gravitation and its effects by investigating particular idealised examples. This book describes the basic solutions of Einstein's equations with a particular emphasis on what they mean, both geometrically and physically. Concepts such as big bang and big crunch-types of singularities, different kinds of horizons and gravitational waves, are described in the context of the particular space-times in which they naturally arise. These notions are initially introduced using the most simple and symmetric cases. Various important coordinate forms of each solution are presented, thus enabling the global structure of the corresponding space-time and its other properties to be analysed. The book is an invaluable resource both for graduate students and academic researchers working in gravitational physics.

    • Describes the basic solutions of Einstein's equations emphasising their geometric and physical meaning
    • Introduces concepts with simplest cases, building space-time analyses from basics
    • Makes explicit the relationships between different families of solutions to Einstein's equations
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the hardback: 'The relatively familiar material … covers somewhat more than a third of the book … the rest of the book's contents … is less familiar … I feel that [the authors] have … made a good choice … the exact solutions they discuss are surely important … for a person who wants to work in the field …As a reference on a wide selection of exact solutions, with geometrical and physical detail not found previously in one place, this book is a very useful companion.' General Relativity and Gravitation

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107406186
    • length: 548 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.86kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Basic tools and concepts
    3. Minkowski space-time
    4. de Sitter space-time
    5. Anti-de Sitter space-time
    6. Friedmann-Lemaître-Robertson-Walker space-times
    7. Electrovacuum and related background space-times
    8. Schwarzchild space-time
    9. Space-times related to Schwarzchild
    10. Static axially symmetric space-times
    11. Rotating black holes
    12. Taub-NUT space-time
    13. Stationary, axially symmetric space-times
    14. Accelerating black holes
    15. Further solutions for uniformly accelerating particles
    16. Plebański-Demiański solutions
    17. Plane and pp-waves
    18. Kundt solutions
    19. Robinson-Trautman solutions
    20. Impulsive waves
    21. Colliding plane waves
    22. A final miscellany
    Appendix A. 2-spaces of constant curvature
    Appendix B. 3-spaces of constant curvature

  • Resources for

    Exact Space-Times in Einstein's General Relativity

    Jerry B. Griffiths, Jiří Podolský

    General Resources

    Find resources associated with this title

    Type Name Unlocked * Format Size

    Showing of

    Back to top

    *This title has one or more locked files and access is given only to lecturers adopting the textbook for their class. We need to enforce this strictly so that solutions are not made available to students. To gain access to locked resources you either need first to sign in or register for an account.

    These resources are provided free of charge by Cambridge University Press with permission of the author of the corresponding work, but are subject to copyright. You are permitted to view, print and download these resources for your own personal use only, provided any copyright lines on the resources are not removed or altered in any way. Any other use, including but not limited to distribution of the resources in modified form, or via electronic or other media, is strictly prohibited unless you have permission from the author of the corresponding work and provided you give appropriate acknowledgement of the source.

    If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

  • Authors

    Jerry B. Griffiths, Loughborough University

    Jiří Podolský, Charles University, Prague

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.