Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity

A Concise Introduction

Brian P. Dolan

Einstein's general theory of relativity can be a notoriously difficult subject for students approaching it for the first time, with arcane mathematical concepts such as connection coefficients and tensors adorned with a forest of indices. This book is an elementary introduction to Einstein's theory and the physics of curved space-times that avoids these complications as much as possible. Its first half describes the physics of black holes, gravitational waves and the expanding Universe, without using tensors. Only in the second half are Einstein's field equations derived and used to explain the dynamical evolution of the early Universe and the creation of the first elements. Each chapter concludes with problem sets and technical mathematical details are given in the appendices. This short text is intended for undergraduate physics students who have taken courses in special relativity and advanced mechanics.

Published: June 29, 2023
Title: Einstein's General Theory of Relativity
Author: Brian P. Dolan
ISBN: 9781009263719
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Language: English
Formats: PDF | ePub


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