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The Story of Collapsing StarsBlack Holes, Naked Singularities, and the Cosmic Play of Quantum Gravity$
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Pankaj S. Joshi

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199686766

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686766.001.0001

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The Fabric of Spacetime

The Fabric of Spacetime

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The Story of Collapsing Stars

Pankaj S. Joshi

Oxford University Press

This chapter indicates a few remarkable vistas, both theoretical and observational, that the gravity physics of past decades has revealed, especially from the perspective of Einstein’s theory of gravity. The chapter describes key ingredients of this theory, which has been fundamental in explaining the phenomena of gravity observed in the Universe. The basic paradigm shift occurring in our concepts of space and time, as compared to Newtonian gravity, is emphasized, and the chapter points out how it has led to many new conclusions about the Universe as a whole. The chapter reviews the basic ingredients of the Einstein theory of gravity and point out some of their key physical implications. An important aspect emphasized is the local and global aspects of gravity and their role in a spacetime universe.

Keywords:   general relativity, Einstein gravity, spacetime, Newtonian gravity, spacetime curvature

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