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General Relativity (Hardback)

Hardback 116 Pages / Published: 16/11/2005
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The book is based on the course on general relativity given regularly at the Physics Department of Novosibirsk University. The course, lasting for one semester, consists of 32 hours of lectures and 32 hours of tutorials, plus ho- work of 10 - 12 problems. The exam is passed by 30 - 35 students. The results of the homework and exam give good reasons to believe that at least 20 - 25 of these students really digest the subject. The course requires of students the knowledge of analytical mechanics and classical electrodynamics, including special relativity. Only chapters 7 and 10 of the book are in this respect exceptions: the acquaintance with the notion of spin is useful for studying chapter 7, the fundamentals of thermodynamics and quantum mechanics are necessary for the last chapter. But these parts of thebookcanbeskippedwithoutanylossforunderstandingallotherchapters. The book (as well as the course itself) is in?uenced essentially by the monographbyL.D.LandauandE.M.Lifshitz,TheClassicalTheoryofFields, (Butterworth - Heinemann, 1975). However, I strived to make the exposition as close as possible to a common university course of physics, to make it accessible not only for theorists.

Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
ISBN: 9780387256436
Number of pages: 116
Weight: 367 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 9 mm
Edition: 2005 ed.


"The book General Relativity by Iosif Khriplovich presents a concise course on theory of gravity. In spite of its limited size of only 116 pages, this book covers the main theoretical notions and experimental phenomena. The author does it in a quite instructive way emphasizing underlying physics. Particularly impressive in this respect are chapters on observable effects, spin interaction, gravitational waves and black holes. The book's comparative analysis of radiation of gravitational waves by ultrarelativistic particles versus synchrotron radiation serves as a best example.

I enthusiastically recommend the book, both to students who have just started studying the field as well as to established researchers."

Arkady Vainshtein, Gloria Becker Lubkin Chair in Theoretical Physics, William I. Fine Theoretical Physics Institute, University of Minnesota

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