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A College Course on Relativity and Cosmology
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A College Course on Relativity and Cosmology

Ta-Pei Cheng

Abstract

This book introduces Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Topics include the geometric formulation of special relativity, the principle of equivalence, the Einstein field equation and its spherical solution, and black holes, as well as cosmology. The subject is presented with an emphasis on physical examples and simple applications without the full tensor apparatus (although, for those wishing to have a glimpse at the proper tensor formulation of Einstein’s field equation, this is presented in a final chapter). The reader first learns the physics of the equivalence principle and how it ins ... More

Keywords: relativity, gravitation, cosmology, spacetime, Einstein, light deflection, Schwarzschild, black hole, equivalence principle, tensor

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199693405
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693405.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ta-Pei Cheng, author
Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri-St. Louis