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A First Course in General Relativity


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Preface; 1. Fundamental principles of special relativity; 2. Vector analysis in special relativity; 3. Tensor analysis in special relativity; 4. Perfect fluids in special relativity; 5. Preface to curvature; 6. Curved manifolds; 7. Physics in a curved spacetime; 8. The Einstein field equations; 9. Gravitational radiation; 10. Spherical solutions for stars; 11. Schwarzschild geometry and black holes; 12. Cosmology; References; Index.

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Second edition of a widely-used textbook providing the first step into general relativity for undergraduate students with minimal mathematical background.

About the Author

Bernard Schutz is Director of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, a Professor at Cardiff University, UK, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Potsdam and the University of Hannover, Germany. He is also a Principal Investigator of the GEO600 detector project and a member of the Executive Committee of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. Professor Schutz has been awarded the Amaldi Gold Medal of the Italian Society for Gravitation.


Reviews from the 1st edition: 'Schutz has such mastery of the material that it soon becomes clear that one is in authoritative hands, and topics are selected and developed only to a point where they prove adequate for future needs.' The Times Higher Education Supplement '... ought to inspire more physicists and astronomers to teach and learn the other half of the 20th century's revolution in physics.' Foundations of Physics 'The book is a goldmine of cleverly constructed problems and exercises (and solutions!) ...' Nature

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