An Introduction to the Relativistic Theory of Gravitation

  • Petr Hájíček

Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 750)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 275-280

About this book


The geometric interpretation of gravitation is one of the major foundations of modern theoretical physics. This primer introduces classical general relativity with emphasis on the clarity of conceptual structure and on the basic mathematical methods to build up systematically application skills. The wealth of physical phenomena entailed by the Einstein‘s equations is revealed with the help of specific models describing gravitomagnetism, gravitational waves, cosmology, gravitational collapse and black holes. End-of-chapter exercises complete the main text.

This book is based on class-tested notes for courses that have been held by the author over many years at the University of Bern, where Einstein worked at the local patent office and where the foundations of special relativity were laid.


Albert Einstein Einstein's equation Gravity Relativity Special relativity Theoretical physics black holes cosmological models general relativity relativistic particle dynamics

Authors and affiliations

  • Petr Hájíček
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  1. 1.Universität Bern Inst. Theoretische PhysikBernSwitzerland

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