This book introduces the general theory of relativity and includes applications to cosmology. The book provides a thorough introduction to tensor calculus and curved manifolds. After the necessary mathematical tools are introduced, the authors offer a thorough presentation of the theory of relativity. Also included are some advanced topics not previously covered by textbooks, including Kaluza-Klein theory, Israel's formalism and branes. Anisotropic cosmological models are also included. The book contains a large number of new exercises and examples, each with separate headings. The reader will benefit from an updated introduction to general relativity including the most recent developments in cosmology.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Number of pages: 538
Weight: 2110 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 30 mm
Edition: 2007 ed.
From the reviews:
"A sophisticated treatment of general relativity with a considerable number of applications to cosmology. ... The book may be read in several different ways, depending on the interests of readers. A rich source of material; college libraries should have it on their shelves. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals." (K. L. Schick, CHOICE, Vol. v4 (3), November, 2007)
"This book is a carefully prepared overview about all essential aspects of relativity. Its 5 parts give the standard way to present the material ... . Differently from other textbooks, the present authors emphasize much more concrete problems and examples ... . The book contains a very large number of formulas, partially due to the fact, that many statements are given both in the old index-notation as well as in the modern index-free notation; I think this is helpful for the readers." (Hans-Jurgen Schmidt, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1126 (3), 2008)
"Even if you already have a sizable collection of books on general relativity, or if you are looking for a good modern book to teach a course from, the text by Gron and Hervik is ... a valuable addition to your collection." (David H. Delphenich, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2008 i)
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