© 1977

Essential Relativity

Special, General, and Cosmological


Part of the Text and Monographs in Physics book series (TMP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Wolfgang Rindler
    Pages 1-22
  3. Wolfgang Rindler
    Pages 23-53
  4. Wolfgang Rindler
    Pages 54-60
  5. Wolfgang Rindler
    Pages 61-74
  6. Wolfgang Rindler
    Pages 75-95
  7. Wolfgang Rindler
    Pages 96-104
  8. Wolfgang Rindler
    Pages 105-125
  9. Wolfgang Rindler
    Pages 126-192
  10. Wolfgang Rindler
    Pages 193-244
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 245-286

About this book


In retrospect, the first edition of this book now seems like a mere sketch for a book. The present version is, if not the final product, at least a closer approximation to it. The table of contents may show little change. But that is simply because the original organization of the material has been found satisfactory. Also the basic purpose of the book remains the same, and that is to make relativity come alive conceptually. I have always felt much sym­ pathy with Richard Courant's maxim (as reported and exemplified by Pascual Jordan) that, ideally, proofs should be reached by comprehension rather than computation. Where computations are necessary, I have tried to make them as transparent as possible, so as not to hinder the progress of comprehension. Among the more obvious changes, this edition contains a new section on Kruskal space, another on the plane gravitational wave, and a third on linearized general relativity; it also contains many new exercises, and two appendices: one listing the curvature components for the diagonal metric (in a little more generality than the old" Dingle formulas "), and one syn­ thesizing Maxwell's theory in tensor form. But the most significant changes and additions have occurred throughout the text. Many sections have been completely rewritten, many arguments tightened, many "asides" added, and, of course, recent developments taken into account.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The University of Texas at DallasRichardsonUSA

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