Gravitation, Part 3

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W. H. Freeman, Sep 15, 1973 - Science - 1279 pages
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This landmark text offers a rigorous full-year graduate level course on gravitation physics, teaching students to:
• Grasp the laws of physics in flat spacetime
• Predict orders of magnitude
• Calculate using the principal tools of modern geometry
• Predict all levels of precision
• Understand Einstein's geometric framework for physics
• Explore applications, including pulsars and neutron stars, cosmology, the Schwarzschild geometry and gravitational collapse, and gravitational waves
• Probe experimental tests of Einstein's theory
• Tackle advanced topics such as superspace and quantum geometrodynamics
The book offers a unique, alternating two-track  pathway through the subject:
• In many chapters, material focusing on basic physical ideas is designated as
Track 1. These sections together make an appropriate one-term advanced/graduate level course (mathematical prerequisites: vector analysis and simple partial-differential equations). The book is printed to make it easy for readers to identify these sections.
• The remaining Track 2 material provides a wealth of advanced topics instructors can draw from to flesh out a two-term course, with Track 1 sections serving as prerequisites.

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User Review  - josh314 - LibraryThing

A friend of mine in college liked to take this book from my shelf and drop it on the floor in a demonstration of gravity. As this is a monstrous tome, it made a fairly satisfying "thwomp" upon impact ... Read full review

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User Review  - Erik - Goodreads

Wow, what a difference a clear explanation makes. One can see the hand of John Wheeler in this volume, and the philosophical depth and understanding that was characteristic of his physics. This book is a jewel! Read full review

About the author (1973)

Kip S. Thorne is a theoretical physicist, known for his contributions in gravitation physics and astrophysics and for having trained a generation of scientists. He is considered one of the few authorities on gravitational waves. He was the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech until 2009, when he resigned to pursue writing and filmmaking.

Kenneth Ford is the retired director of the American Institute of Physics. He recently taught high-school physics and served as science director of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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