Gravity: Newtonian, Post-Newtonian, Relativistic

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Cambridge University Press, May 29, 2014 - Science - 780 pages
This textbook explores approximate solutions to general relativity and their consequences. It offers a unique presentation of Einstein's theory by developing powerful methods that can be applied to astrophysical systems. Beginning with a uniquely thorough treatment of Newtonian gravity, the book develops post-Newtonian and post-Minkowskian approximation methods to obtain weak-field solutions to the Einstein field equations. The book explores the motion of self-gravitating bodies, the physics of gravitational waves, and the impact of radiative losses on gravitating systems. It concludes with a brief overview of alternative theories of gravity. Ideal for graduate courses on general relativity and relativistic astrophysics, the book examines real-life applications, such as planetary motion around the Sun, the timing of binary pulsars, and gravitational waves emitted by binary black holes. Text boxes explore related topics and provide historical context, and over 100 exercises present challenging tests of the material covered in the main text.
 

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Contents

Foundations of Newtonian gravity
1
Structure of selfgravitating bodies
63
Newtonianorbitaldynamics
138
Minkowskispacetime
189
Curvedspacetime
217
Formulation
290
Implementation
328
Fundamentals
371
System of isolated bodies
414
PostNewtonian celestial mechanics astrometry and navigation
480
Gravitationalwaves
539
Radiative losses and radiation reaction
624
Alternative theories of gravity
699
References
760
Index
771
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Eric Poisson is Professor of Physics at the University of Guelph. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and serves on the editorial boards of Physical Review Letters and Classical and Quantum Gravity.

Clifford M. Will is Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Florida and J. S. McDonnell Professor Emeritus at Washington University in St Louis. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, and Editor-in-Chief of Classical and Quantum Gravity. He is well known for his ability to bring science to broad audiences.

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