Three Hundred Years of Gravitation

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S. W. Hawking, W. Israel
Cambridge University Press, Mar 30, 1989 - Science - 690 pages
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To commemorate the 300th anniversary of the publication of Isaac Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, Stephen Hawking and Werner Israel assembled a series of unique review papers by many of the world's foremost researchers in cosmology, relativity, and particle physics. The resulting volume reflects the significant and exciting advances that have been made in these fields since the editors' acclaimed volume, General Relativity: An Einstein Centenary Survey (CUP 1979). Newton's immense contribution to the physical sciences is assessed, and its relevance to today's physics made clear. The international group of contributors then chart the major developments in the study of gravitation, from Newtonian gravity to black hole physics. In the fields of galaxy formation, inflationary and quantum cosmology, and superstring unification, the book provides important overviews written by workers involved in the many advances described. By shaping such a wide-ranging and scholarly series of articles into a cohesive whole, the editors have created a fitting and lasting memorial to the man who continues to inspire scientists the world over.
  

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Contents

Newtonianism and todays physics
5
Newton quantum theory and reality
17
R Penrose
18
References
48
R Blandford
50
Experimental gravitation from Newtons Principia to Einsteins
80
The problem of motion in Newtonian and Einsteinian gravity
128
The Masters Lodge Selwyn College Cambridge
130
K S Thome
332
galaxy formation
459
Gravitational interactions of cosmic strings
499
A Vilenkin
500
Inflationary cosmology
524
S Weinberg
546
Inflation and quantum cosmology
604
Avadh Bhatia Physics Laboratory University of Alberta Edmonton T6G 2J1 Canada
606

the evolution of an idea
199
J Rees
201
Department of Rclativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology Observatoire de Paris 5 Place
214
S W Hawking
276
Astrophysical black holes
277
Gravitational radiation
330
Quantum cosmology
631
Superstring unification
652
Covariant description of canonical formalism in geometrical
676
E Witten
678
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Stephen Hawking, a Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge, is the preeminent theoretical physicist in the world. His book "A Brief History of Time" was a phenomenal worldwide bestseller. He has twelve honorary degrees and was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire and was made a Companion of Honour. He has three children and one grandchild. Visit him at Hawking.org.uk.

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