General Relativity: An Einstein Centenary Survey

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CUP Archive, 1979 - Science - 919 pages
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Contents

An introductory survey
1
The confrontation between gravitation theory
24
Gravitationalradiation experiments
90
The initial value problem and the dynamical formulation
138
Global structure of spacetimes
212
The general theory of the mechanical electromagnetic
294
Black hole astrophysics
454
The big bang cosmology enigmas and nostrums
504
Anisotropic and inhomogeneous relativistic cosmologies
533
Singularities and timeasymmetry
581
Quantum field theory in curved spacetime
639
the new synthesis
680
The pathintegral approach to quantum gravity
746
Ultraviolet divergences in quantum theories of gravitation
790
References
833
Index
903

Cosmology and the early universe
518

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About the author (1979)

Stephen William Hawking was born on January 8, 1942 in Oxford, England. As a student at Oxford University, Hawking studied Physics, and after three years was awarded a first class honors degree in Natural Science. After gaining a Ph.D. from Cambridge, Hawking became a Research Fellow, and later on a Professional Fellow at Gonville and Caius College. Widely regarded as one of the greatest theoretical physicists since Einstein, Hawking has held the post as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge since 1979. Most famous for his research on black holes, he has written the books A Brief History of Time and Black Holes and Baby Universes, a collection of essays published in 1993. He also authored the books On the Shoulders of Giants, A Briefer History of Time, The Universe in a Nutshell, and The Grand Design. Hawking is also the author of numerous articles for scientific papers, has 12 honorary degrees and is a Fellow of The Royal Society and a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Hawking was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in his early 20s and is now confined to a wheelchair. He uses a computer device to help him speak. Hawking holds a professorship at the University of Oxford.

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