A College Course on Relativity and Cosmology, Hardback Book

Description

This advanced undergraduate text introduces Einstein's general theory of relativity.

The topics covered include geometric formulation of special relativity, the principle of equivalence, Einstein's field equation and its spherical-symmetric solution, as well as cosmology.

An emphasis is placed on physical examples and simple applications without the full tensor apparatus.

It begins by examining the physics of the equivalence principle and looks at how it inspiredEinstein's idea of curved spacetime as the gravitational field.

At a more mathematically accessible level, it provides a metric description of a warped space, allowing the reader to study many interesting phenomena such as gravitational time dilation, GPS operation, light deflection, precession ofMercury's perihelion, and black holes.

Numerous modern topics in cosmology are discussed from primordial inflation and cosmic microwave background to the dark energy that propels an accelerating universe.

Building on Cheng's previous book, 'Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology: A Basic Introduction', this text has been tailored to the advanced student.

It concentrates on the core elements of the subject making it suitable for a one-semester course at the undergraduate level.

It can also serve as an accessible introduction of general relativity and cosmology for those readers who want to study the subject on their own.

The proper tensor formulation of Einstein's field equation is presented inan appendix chapter for those wishing to glimpse further at the mathematical details.

Information

  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 304 pages, 71 b/w illustrations
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Cosmology & the universe
  • ISBN: 9780199693405

£61.00

 
Free Home Delivery

on all orders

 
Pick up orders

from local bookshops