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© 2004

General Relativity

With Applications to Astrophysics

Textbook

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. The General Theory of Relativity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Norbert Straumann
      Pages 3-7
    3. Norbert Straumann
      Pages 9-63
    4. Norbert Straumann
      Pages 65-143
  3. Applications of General Relativity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Norbert Straumann
      Pages 219-295
    3. Norbert Straumann
      Pages 297-361
    4. Norbert Straumann
      Pages 363-417
    5. Norbert Straumann
      Pages 419-506
    6. Norbert Straumann
      Pages 507-524
  4. Differential Geometry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 525-527
    2. Norbert Straumann
      Pages 529-534
    3. Norbert Straumann
      Pages 535-546
    4. Norbert Straumann
      Pages 547-553
    5. Norbert Straumann
      Pages 555-576
    6. Norbert Straumann
      Pages 577-607
    7. Norbert Straumann
      Pages 609-620
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 621-676

About this book

Introduction

This text provides a comprehensive and timely introduction to general relativity. The foundations of the theory in Part I are thoroughly developed together with the required mathematical background from differential geometry in Part III. The six chapters in Part II are devoted to tests of general relativity and to many of its applications. Binary pulsars are studied in considerable detail. Much space is devoted to the study of compact objects, especially to black holes. This includes a detailed derivation of the Kerr solution, Israel's proof of his uniqueness theorem, and derivations of the basic laws of black hole physics. The final chapter of this part contains Witten's proof of the positive energy theorem.

The book addresses undergraduate and graduate students in physics, astrophysics and mathematics. It is very well structured and should become a standard text for a modern treatment of gravitational physics. The clear presentation of differential geometry makes it also useful for string theory and other fields of physics, classical as well as quantum.

Keywords

EFE Gravity RMS Relativity SR astrophysics general relativity

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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Reviews

From the reviews:

"In this book Norbert Straumann presents a pedagogically precise and highly informative account of both the physical and advanced mathematical concepts that a professional working in this field requires. The essential differential geometry background is placed in an extensive part … . the treatment is both physically rigorous and comprehensive. This book is an important acquisition for anyone working in this area." (Geoffrey Bicknell, Australian Physics, Vol. 42 (4), September/October, 2005)

"This text provides a comprehensive and timely introduction to general relativity. … The book addresses undergraduate and graduate students in physics, astrophysics and mathematics. It is very well structured and should become a standard text for a modern treatment of gravitational physics. The clear presentation of differential geometry makes it also useful for strong theory and other fields of physics, classical as well as quantum." (ETDE Energy Database Energiedatenbank, November, 2004)

"From the earliest sections, Straumann makes absolutely no pretence that this is a beginner’s guide to general relativity … . There are points of interest for those disinclined (or unable) to follow the maths in detail. … this book is primarily aimed at those who want to get very, very intimate with the mathematics of general relativity in an astrophysical …. context and who are endowed with a considerable background in all three subjects. … this may be the ultimate specialist textbook." (Roger Feasey, Journal of the Auckland Astronomical Society, 2005)