General relativity
 Author/Creator
 Woodhouse, N. M. J. (Nicholas Michael John), 1949
 Language
 English.
 Imprint
 London : Springer, c2007.
 Physical description
 ix, 219 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
 Series
 Springer undergraduate mathematics series.
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Contents/Summary
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 Includes bibliographical references (p. [215]216) and index.
 Contents

 Newtonian Gravity. Inertial Coordinates and Tensors. EnergyMomentum Tensors. Curved SpaceTime. Tensor Calculus. Einstein's Equation. Spherical Symmetry. Orbits in the Schwarzschild SpaceTime. Black Holes. Rotating Bodies. Gravitational Waves. Redshift and Horizons. Notes on the Exercises. Further Problems. Bibliography. Index.
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 Publisher's Summary
 Based on a course given at Oxford over many years, this book is a short and concise exposition of the central ideas of general relativity. The focus is on the chain of reasoning that leads to the relativistic theory from the analysis of distance and time measurements in the presence of gravity, rather than on the underlying mathematical structure. The geometric ideas  which are central to the understanding of the nature of gravity  are introduced in parallel with the development of the theory, the emphasis being on laying bare how one is led to pseudoRiemannian geometry through a natural process of reconciliation of special relativity with the equivalence principle. At centre stage are the "local inertial coordinates" set up by an observer in free fall, in which special relativity is valid over short times and distances. In more practical terms, the book is a sequel to the author's "Special Relativity" in the same series, with some overlap in the treatment of tensors.
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Subjects
 Subject
 General relativity (Physics)
Bibliographic information
 Publication date
 2007
 Responsibility
 N.M.J. Woodhouse.
 Series
 Springer undergraduate mathematics series, 16152085
 ISBN
 1846284864
 9781846284861