## Introduction to RelativitySpecial relativity is a cornerstone of the structure of all fundamental theories, and general relativity has blossomed from Einstein's original theory into a cutting-edge applied science. Applications of Einstein's field equations describe such phenomena as supermassive black holes at the center of galaxies, the spiraling paths of binary pulsars, gravitational lensing caused by massive compact halo objects (Macho's), and the possibility of detecting gravitational waves emitted in cataclysmic cosmic events. In For anyone seeking a brief, clear overview of modern general relativity which emphasizes physics over mathematics, McGlinn's |

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### Contents

Foundations of Special Relativity | 1 |

1 | 15 |

The Twin Paradox | 23 |

5 | 30 |

Relativistic Dynamics | 39 |

Relativity of Tensor Fields | 53 |

31 | 61 |

Gravitation and SpaceTime | 77 |

General Relativity | 87 |

Static Spherical Metrics and Their Applications | 113 |

Gravitational Deflection of Light | 123 |

Metrics with Symmetry | 143 |

Cosmology | 163 |

Suggested Additional Reading | 197 |