General Relativity and Gravitation

, Volume 45, Issue 10, pp 2077–2078 | Cite as

S. Kopeikin, M. Efroimsky and G. Kaplan: Relativistic celestial mechanics of the solar system

Wiley-VCH, 2011, 860 p., €179.00, ISBN: 978-3-527-40856-6
  • Gerhard Schäfer
Book Review

The book by Kopeikin, Efroimsky and Kaplan is a remarkable account on relativity in the solar system. On about 850 pages, the book covers all aspects of relativistic celestial mechanics in the solar system, from the Newtonian framework up to the general relativity based IAU resolutions. I do not remember any book on that subject that can be regarded as deeper or more exhaustive. Very many references went into the book which are most conveniently presented at the end of each chapter or appendix in author-named alphabetic order. Worth to be mentioned is also that the book is not at all overloaded with formulae, rather the text dominates and delivers a plethora of authoritatively presented highly useful information. Additionally, the layout of the book is very appealing and nicely supports its quite readable content.

The first five chapters of the book, of more than 450 pages, are devoted to Newtonian celestial mechanics, special and general relativity as well as relativistic reference...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Theoretisch-Physikalisches InstitutFriedrich-Schiller-Universität JenaJenaGermany

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