© 2007

Special and General Relativity

With Applications to White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars and Black Holes


Part of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Library book series (AAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Norman K. Glendenning
    Pages 1-8
  3. Norman K. Glendenning
    Pages 9-18
  4. Norman K. Glendenning
    Pages 19-69
  5. Norman K. Glendenning
    Pages 70-186
  6. Norman K. Glendenning
    Pages 187-207
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 209-226

About this book


Special and General Relativity are concisely developed together with essential aspects of nuclear and particle physics. Problem sets are provided for many chapters, making the book ideal for a course on the physics of white dwarf and neutron star interiors.


Cosmology Relativity Special relativity astrophysics general relativity

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Nuclear Science Division & Institute for Nuclear & Particle AstrophysicsLaurence Berkeley National LaboratoryBerkeleyUSA

About the authors

Norman K. Glendenning is Senior Scientist Emeritus at the Nuclear Science Division, Institute for Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of numerous books, including Compact Stars (Springer, 2nd ed., 2000), Physics of Neutron Star Interiors (Springer, 2001) and Direct Nuclear Reactions (Academic Press, 1983).

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

"The text is presented in a very pedagogical way, allowing beginners to appreciate the quality of the book. … This book is very well written and easy to follow and doesn’t need a huge background on astrophysics. I recommend this book for teachers as well as students and everyone who is interested in star physics." (Térence Delsate, Physicalia, Vol. 30 (2), 2008)

"This short … and well written book provides a clear introduction with notable insight into the complex astrophysical subject represented by the theoretical study of the structure and composition of compact stars. … this book also be a useful reference for astrophysical concepts and results, and makes it altogether advisable for upper-undergraduate and graduate level students in astrophysics … ." (Giovanni Preti, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2009 b)