Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. Cosimo Bambi
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  15. Back Matter
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About this book


Following the approach of Lev Landau and Evgenii Lifshitz, this book introduces the theory of special and general relativity with the Lagrangian formalism and the principle of least action. This method allows the complete theory to be constructed starting from a small number of assumptions, and is the most natural approach in modern theoretical physics. The book begins by reviewing Newtonian mechanics and Newtonian gravity with the Lagrangian formalism and the principle of least action, and then moves to special and general relativity. Most calculations are presented step by step, as is done on the board in class. The book covers recent advances in gravitational wave astronomy and provides a general overview of current lines of research in gravity. It also includes numerous examples and problems in each chapter.


Textbook special relativity Textbook general relativity Einstein’s gravity Schwarzschild solution Tests of general relativity Black holes Cosmological models Gravitational waves Undergraduate relativity textbook gravitational wave astronomy Least Action Principle Lagrangian formalism

Authors and affiliations

  • Cosimo Bambi
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsFudan UniversityShanghaiChina

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-1089-8
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-1090-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-4791
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-4805
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