Relativity in Curved Spacetime

  • Filename: relativity-in-curved-spacetime.
  • ISBN: 9780955706806
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 378
  • Author: Eric Baird
  • Publisher: Chocolate Tree Books

Relativity theory has become one of the icons of Twentieth Century science. It's reckoned to be a difficult subject, taught as a layered series of increasingly difficult mathematics and increasingly abstract concepts. We're told that relativity theory is supposed to be this complicated and counter-intuitive. But how much of this historical complexity is really necessary? Can we bypass the interpretations and paradoxes and pseudoparadoxes of Einstein's special theory and jump directly to a deeper and more intuitive description of reality? What if curvature is a fundamental part of physics, and a final theory of relativity shouldn't reduce to Einstein's "flat" 1905 theory //on principle//? "Relativity..." takes us on a whistlestop tour of Twentieth Century physics - from black holes, quantum mechanics, wormholes and the Big Bang to the workings of the human mind, and asks: what would physics look like without special relativity? 394 printed pages, 234156 mm, ~200 figures and illustrations, includes bibliography and index

General Relativity

  • Filename: general-relativity.
  • ISBN: 0226870375
  • Release Date: 2010-05-15
  • Number of pages: 506
  • Author: Robert M. Wald
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press

"Wald's book is clearly the first textbook on general relativity with a totally modern point of view; and it succeeds very well where others are only partially successful. The book includes full discussions of many problems of current interest which are not treated in any extant book, and all these matters are considered with perception and understanding."—S. Chandrasekhar "A tour de force: lucid, straightforward, mathematically rigorous, exacting in the analysis of the theory in its physical aspect."—L. P. Hughston, Times Higher Education Supplement "Truly excellent. . . . A sophisticated text of manageable size that will probably be read by every student of relativity, astrophysics, and field theory for years to come."—James W. York, Physics Today

A First Course in General Relativity

  • Filename: a-first-course-in-general-relativity.
  • ISBN: 0521277035
  • Release Date: 1985-01-31
  • Number of pages: 376
  • Author: Bernard F. Schutz
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

General relativity has become one of the central pillars of theoretical physics, with important applications in both astrophysics and high-energy particle physics, and no modern theoretical physicist's education should be regarded as complete without some study of the subject. This textbook, based on the author's own undergraduate teaching, develops general relativity and its associated mathematics from a minimum of prerequisites, leading to a physical understanding of the theory in some depth. It reinforces this understanding by making a detailed study of the theory's most important applications - neutron stars, black holes, gravitational waves, and cosmology - using the most up-to-date astronomical developments. The book is suitable for a one-year course for beginning graduate students or for undergraduates in physics who have studied special relativity, vector calculus, and electrostatics. Graduate students should be able to use the book selectively for half-year courses.

ABC of Relativity

  • Filename: abc-of-relativity.
  • ISBN: 0415154294
  • Release Date: 1997
  • Number of pages: 155
  • Author: Bertrand Russell
  • Publisher: Psychology Press

Ask a dozen people to name a genius and the odds are that 'Einstein' will spring to their lips. Ask them the meaning of 'relativity' and few of them will be able to tell you what it is. The basic principles of relativity have not changed since Russell first published his lucid guide for the general reader. The ABC of Relativity is Bertrand Russell's most brilliant work of scientific popularisation. With marvellous lucidity he steers the reader who has no knowledge of maths or physics through the subtleties of Einstein's thinking. In easy, assimilable steps, he explains the theories of special and general relativity and describes their practical application to, amongst much else, discoveries about gravitation and the invention of the hydrogen bomb.

Introduction to Relativity

  • Filename: introduction-to-relativity.
  • ISBN: 080187047X
  • Release Date: 2003
  • Number of pages: 205
  • Author: William D. McGlinn
  • Publisher: JHU Press

"This book contains a tremendous amount of information for its size. The discussions are clear and to the point... Any teacher on this subject should seriously consider as a textbook." -- The Physicist

Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity

  • Filename: albert-einstein-and-the-theory-of-relativity.
  • ISBN: 0812039211
  • Release Date: 1987
  • Number of pages: 184
  • Author: Robert Cwiklik
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series

Traces the life and work of the physicist whose theory of relativity revolutionized scientific thinking.

The Theory of Relativity

  • Filename: the-theory-of-relativity.
  • ISBN: 0486428192
  • Release Date: 2003
  • Number of pages: 314
  • Author: R. K. Pathria
  • Publisher: Courier Corporation

Graduate-level text elaborates on physical ideas underlying relativity, examining special theory (space-time transformations, four-dimensional formulations, mechanics, optics, electromagnetism), and general theory (space-time continuum, gravitation, experiments, and relativistic cosmology). 1974 edition.


  • Filename: relativity.
  • ISBN: 0521010691
  • Release Date: 2004-02-12
  • Number of pages: 396
  • Author: Hans Stephani
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Thoroughly revised and updated, this textbook provides a pedagogical introduction to relativity. It is self-contained, but the reader is expected to have a basic knowledge of theoretical mechanics and electrodynamics. It covers the most important features of both special and general relativity, as well as touching on more difficult topics, such as the field of charged pole-dipole particles, the Petrov classification, groups of motions, gravitational lenses, exact solutions and the structure of infinity. The necessary mathematical tools (tensor calculus, Riemannian geometry) are provided, most of the derivations are given in full, and exercises are included where appropriate. Written as a textbook for undergraduate and introductory graduate courses, it will also be of use to researchers working in the field. The bibliography gives the original papers and directs the reader to useful monographs and review papers.


  • Filename: relativity.
  • ISBN: 9971506122
  • Release Date: 1989
  • Number of pages: 128
  • Author: Asghar Qadir
  • Publisher: World Scientific

The most important feature in this book is the simple presentation with details of calculations. It is very easy to follow. Fairly sophisticated calculations are developed very rapidly. The presentation is logical and the detailed coverage makes this book very readable and useful. The contents develop Relativity as a modern theory of motion, starting by placing it in historical perspective and proceeding to show its logical necessity. The development of the Lorentz transformation is given using only one assumption rather than two. Right away in Chapter 3, geometry as required in Special Relativity for extension to General Relativity is introduced. This enables the use of the four-vector formalism of Minkowski. By the end of Chapter 4, the general Lorentz transformations for three-dimensional motion and their relation to four-dimensional boosts have already been explained. In Chapter 5 applications of relevance in Physics are provided. After a brief introduction to elementary electromagnetic theory, it is reformulated as a theory in four-dimensions using tensors in Chapter 6. Finally in Chapter 7, the theory is extended to deal with accelerated motion as “corrections” to Special Relativity.

Introduction to the Theory of Relativity

  • Filename: introduction-to-the-theory-of-relativity.
  • ISBN: 0486632822
  • Release Date: 1976
  • Number of pages: 307
  • Author: Peter Gabriel Bergmann
  • Publisher: Courier Corporation

Comprehensive coverage of special theory (frames of reference, Lorentz transformation, more), general theory (principle of equivalence, more) and unified theory (Weyl's gauge-invariant geometry, more.) Foreword by Albert Einstein.

The Principle of Relativity

  • Filename: the-principle-of-relativity.
  • ISBN: 9780486318400
  • Release Date: 2013-04-22
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Albert Einstein
  • Publisher: Courier Corporation

Eleven papers that forged the general and special theories of relativity include seven papers by Einstein, two by Lorentz, and one each by Minkowski and Weyl. 1923 edition.

General Theory of Relativity

  • Filename: general-theory-of-relativity.
  • ISBN: 069101146X
  • Release Date: 1996-01
  • Number of pages: 69
  • Author: Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press

Einstein's general theory of relativity requires a curved space for the description of the physical world. If one wishes to go beyond superficial discussions of the physical relations involved, one needs to set up precise equations for handling curved space. The well-established mathematical technique that accomplishes this is clearly described in this classic book by Nobel Laureate P.A.M. Dirac. Based on a series of lectures given by Dirac at Florida State University, and intended for the advanced undergraduate, General Theory of Relativity comprises thirty-five compact chapters that take the reader point-by-point through the necessary steps for understanding general relativity.

100 Years of Relativity

  • Filename: 100-years-of-relativity.
  • ISBN: 9789812563941
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Number of pages: 510
  • Author: Abhay Ashtekar
  • Publisher: World Scientific

Divided into three parts, this volume focuses on a summary of how relativity theories were born. It also discusses the ramifications of general relativity, such as black holes, space-time singularities, gravitational waves, the large scale structure of the cosmos, and more. It includes summaries of radical changes in the notions of space and time.

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