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Theory of Gravitational Interactions


  • Includes all the information on gravitational

  • interactions that any Physics graduate should possess

  • Written in the informal and self-contained

  • style of class lectures

  • All computations are explicitly carried out in the main text

  • Covers topics of crucial importance to modern theories of fundamental interactions that are absent from most textbooks on classical general relativity


Part of the UNITEXT for Physics book series (UNITEXTPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Maurizio Gasperini
    Pages 1-27
  3. Maurizio Gasperini
    Pages 29-40
  4. Maurizio Gasperini
    Pages 41-68
  5. Maurizio Gasperini
    Pages 69-79
  6. Maurizio Gasperini
    Pages 81-94
  7. Maurizio Gasperini
    Pages 95-114
  8. Maurizio Gasperini
    Pages 115-140
  9. Maurizio Gasperini
    Pages 141-157
  10. Maurizio Gasperini
    Pages 159-201
  11. Maurizio Gasperini
    Pages 203-229
  12. Maurizio Gasperini
    Pages 231-241
  13. Maurizio Gasperini
    Pages 243-259
  14. Maurizio Gasperini
    Pages 261-273
  15. Maurizio Gasperini
    Pages 275-301
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 303-373

About this book


This is the second edition of a well-received book that is a modern, self-contained introduction to the theory of gravitational interactions. The new edition includes more details on gravitational waves of cosmological origin, the so-called brane world scenario, and gravitational time-delay effects. 
The first part of the book follows the traditional presentation of general relativity as a geometric theory of the macroscopic gravitational field, while the second, more advanced part discusses the deep analogies (and differences) between a geometric theory of gravity and the “gauge” theories of the other fundamental interactions. This fills a gap within the traditional approach to general relativity which usually leaves students puzzled about the role of gravity. The required notions of differential geometry are reduced to the minimum, allowing room for aspects of gravitational physics of current phenomenological and theoretical interest, such as the properties of gravitational waves, the gravitational interactions of spinors, and the supersymmetric and higher-dimensional generalization of the Einstein equations.
This textbook is primarily intended for students pursuing a theoretical or astroparticle curriculum but is also relevant for PhD  students and young researchers. 


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Bari Department of PhysicsBariItaly

About the authors

Maurizio Gasperini is Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Physics Department of the University of Bari, Italy. He has already published six books with Springer and is the author of more than 200 publications on gravitational theory, high-energy physics, and cosmology. He has twice won an "Award for Essays on Gravitation" from the Gravity Research Foundation (1996 and 1998). His former posts include a permanent position in the Department of Theoretical Physics at the University of Turin and three appointments as Scientific Associate at CERN, Theory Division (1993, 1996, and 2005). Here, in collaboration with Gabriele Veneziano, he formulated and developed an early-cosmology scenario based on the symmetries of string theory.

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