Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity

Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity

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By (author) Sean M. Carroll, By (author) John E. Neely, By (author) Richard R. Kibbe

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  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 513 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 239mm x 28mm | 1,066g
  • Publication date: 28 September 2003
  • Publication City/Country: New Jersey
  • ISBN 10: 0805387323
  • ISBN 13: 9780805387322
  • Sales rank: 110,129

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Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity provides a lucid and thoroughly modern introduction to general relativity. With an accessible and lively writing style, it introduces modern techniques to what can often be a formal and intimidating subject. Readers are led from the physics of flat spacetime (special relativity), through the intricacies of differential geometry and Einstein's equations, and on to exciting applications such as black holes, gravitational radiation, and cosmology.

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Sean Carroll is an assistant professor in the Physics Department, Enrico Fermi Institute, and Center for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago. His research ranges over a number of topics in theoretical physics, focusing on cosmology, field theory, and gravitation. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1993, and spent time as a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Theoretical Physics at MIT and the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been awarded fellowships from the Sloan and Packard foundations, as well as the MIT Graduate Student Council Teaching Award. For more information, see his Web site at http://pancake.uchicago.edu/~carroll

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"Spacetime and Geometry: An Introduction to General Relativity" provides a lucid and thoroughly modern introduction to general relativity. With an accessible and lively writing style, it introduces modern techniques to what can often be a formal and intimidating subject. Readers are led from the physics of flat spacetime (special relativity), through the intricacies of differential geometry and Einstein's equations, and on to exciting applications such as black holes, gravitational radiation, and cosmology.

Table of contents

1. Special Relativity and Flat Spacetime. 2. Manifolds. 3. Curvature. 4. Gravitation. 5. The Schwarzchild Solution. 6. More General Black Holes. 7. Perturbation Theory and Gravitational Radiation. 8. Cosmology. 9. Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime. 10. Appendicies.