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    DescriptionEinstein's general theory of relativity is introduced in this advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate level textbook. Topics include special relativity, in the formalism of Minkowski's four-dimensional space-time, the principle of equivalence, Riemannian geometry and tensor analysis, Einstein field equation, as well as many modern cosmological subjects, from primordial inflation and cosmic microwave anisotropy to the dark energy that propels an accelerating universe. The author presents the subject with an emphasis on physical examples and simple applications without the full tensor apparatus. The reader first learns how to describe curved spacetime. At this mathematically more accessible level, the reader can already study the many interesting phenomena such as gravitational lensing, precession of Mercury's perihelion, black holes, and cosmology. The full tensor formulation is presented later, when the Einstein equation is solved for a few symmetric cases. Many modern topics in cosmology are discussed in this book: from inflation, cosmic microwave anisotropy to the "dark energy" that propels an accelerating universe. Mathematical accessibility, together with the various pedagogical devices (e.g., worked-out solutions of chapter-end problems), make it practical for interested readers to use the book to study general relativity and cosmology on their own.

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    Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology
    A Basic Introduction
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ta-Pei Cheng
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 456
    Width: 188 mm
    Height: 246 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 993 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199573646
    ISBN 10: 0199573646

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
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    Abridged Dewey: 530
    LC classification: QC
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: SCI061000
    BIC subject category V2: PHR
    DC22: 530.11
    BISAC V2.8: SCI015000, SCI033000
    BIC subject category V2: PHDV
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    2, Revised
    Edition statement
    2nd Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    240 line ilustrations
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    11 January 2010
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    Author Information
    Ta-Pei Cheng is currently Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. He took his Ph.D. at Rockefeller University in 1969, followed by post-doctoral study at Rockefeller University and at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton). He has been on the faculty of University of Missouri - St. Louis from 1973 to the present day, and was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1982.
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    Review from previous edition This is a great time to have published a fresh new undergraduate text on relativity and cosmology...this is an excellent textbook which this reviewer would rate as the text of choice for a course on relativity and cosmology aimed at physics and astronomy undergraduates. American Journal of Physics
    Table of contents
    I: PRELIMINARIES ; 1. Introduction and Overview ; 2. Special relativity: the basics ; II: RELATIVITY - METRIC DESCRIPTION OF SPACETIME ; 3. Special relativity: the geometric formulation ; 4. The principle of equivalence ; 5. Metric description of a curved space ; 6. GR as a geometric theory of gravity - I ; 7. Spherically symmetric spacetime - GR tests ; 8. Black holes ; III: COSMOLOGY ; 9. The homogeneous and isotropic universe ; 10. The expanding universe and thermal relics ; 11. Inflation and the accelerating universe ; IV: RELATIVITY - FULL TENSOR FORMULATION ; 12. Tensors in special relativity ; 13. Tensors in general relativity ; 14. GR as a geometric theory of gravity - II ; 15. Linearized theory and gravitational waves